I am not as busy as I have been in past summers; I have agreed to be an instructor at Texas Christian University’s European History Summer Institute during the 2nd week of July. I have been asked to do TCUs’ institute each of the past three summers….This summer will be my fourth. I have had excellent teachers attend in the past; I am most excited because this seminar is very different from the previous three. Beyond traveling to Colorado State University in June for the reading and visiting a few independent schools for research reasons, I will be pretty free this summer.
Here is a description of my Advanced Topics Seminar:
The AP European History Advanced Topics Summer Institute is designed for instructors who have previously attended a European History Summer Institute. Although we will focus on course construction and organization, our prime objective is to explore topical historical matters and content by reviewing recent trends and developments in the academic literature. Furthermore, linking pedagogical strategies to the academic literature will be a point of emphasis. By exploring such matters of content, we will be able to analyze the course and our approach to teaching it for greater conceptual linkage and student understanding. The following topics are a representative sample to be addressed:
• Teaching the West from a global point of view
• Rethinking the Enlightenment: How the world brought the Enlightenment to the West?
• Gender roles over time
• Race and European Slavery
• Race and Imperialism
• American-European Genocide
• Global Darwinism
• Global Marxism
• Hollywood and European History
• Religion and Secular Culture
• Teaching: seminar versus lecture – how to do both well?
• DBQ & FRQ
We will also address:
• Practical insights into the incorporation of recent research in the discipline
• Gender, ethnic, and geographic diversity
• Insight in inquiry and reasoning from a cognitive science perspective
• Practical experience with historical reasoning skills
• Practical experience with standards-based teaching and learning
• Practical experience with embedded classroom assessments (formative assessment strategies) and the subsequent responses to students’ learning needs
• Experience with collaborative curriculum development
• Changes and recent developments in the AP European History Exam