Below is a (continually updated) list of my favorite resources for teaching, both ones that I’ve developed and sources developed by other scholars.
- A useful discussion of coding ethnographic data through flexible coding on Scatterplot blog
- 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.”
- For sociological analysis and opinion, I turn to the American Sociological Association’s Speak4Sociology and Contexts.
Topical resources: Environmental Sociology
- I maintain two resource pages with multimedia sources on the topics of the globalization of the agrofood system and climate change
- I regularly 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Feminism and environmental conversation converge in this fascinating article on the white-tailed deer, by Dr. Stack-Whitney.
- The Economist published a fascinating essay series on “Landscapes of the Mind”
- This compelling map of Native lands in North America is worth study.
- The SSRC published this essay about ethics and environmental research: “Naming the Problem(s): Contextualizing “Just Environmental” Research”
- This insightful comic-strip reflection on Midwestern prairie restorations can teach the complexities of the concept of “natural” or “original” nature.
Course design, handouts, 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
- On talking in class – John Foran
- How to watch a film – John Foran