Below is a (continually updated) list of my favorite resources for teaching, both ones that I’ve developed and sources developed by other scholars.
- William Cronon’s excellent primer for students, Learning to Do Historical Research, walks learners through the process of developing questions, selecting and evaluating sources, and revising questions. Research is a mystery to many students and this student-developed source illuminates the messy, creative process.
- I complement Cronon’s research guide with my own, class-specific guides on How to write for class and How to read for class.
- On normativity in science: “Rather than being free of values, good science is transparent about them.”
Topical resources: Environmental Sociology
- For years, I have been adding to this resource page on multimedia sources that teach the globalization of the agrofood system
- For those interested in environmental issues in the American South, the Alabama Rivers Alliance and the Southern Environmental Law Center established the Southern Exposure short (10 minute) film series in 2014. Thanks to William Holt for bringing these to my attention. All of the films are online at https://www.southernexposurefilms.org/.
- Feminism and environmental conversation converge in this fascinating article on the white-tailed deer, by Dr. Stack-Whitney.
- The Economist’s essay series on “Landscapes of the Mind”
- A compelling map of Native lands in North America.
- The Radical Hope syllabus serves as a resource for anyone interested in environmental issues. It provides a new way of framing and thinking about how individuals or groups might formally or informally learn about our most pressing environmental issues — and how we, collectively and/or individually, might respond to them.
- This insightful comic-strip reflection on Midwestern prairie restorations can teach the complexities of the concept of “natural” or “original” nature.
- I watch The Rachel Carson Center and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Culture, History, and Environment’s Edge Effects blog for environmental history essays.
- For sociological analysis and opinion, I turn to the American Sociological Association’s Speak4Sociology andContexts.
Course design and grading
- Giving students more options in assignments to increase their buy-in to class
- Rebecca Schuman gives a charming pitch for using rubrics for writing and presentations
- This is a great guide for designing lectures, presentations, and other forms of communication for low vision, low hearing, and differing abilities information processing
Guiding students through college and beyond
- On rural colleges, from NPR: “One Reason Rural Students Don’t Go To College: Colleges Don’t Go To Them”
- On training students how to better Evaluate information.