As a teacher, my role is to facilitate my students’ active learning. My students do not just read history, they do history. In my courses, I invite them to enter into the historian’s research process in order to understand that history is a series of interpretations based on evidence. I also ask them to constantly evaluate their ability to argue in writing and in speech for historiographical interpretations. Finally, I provide opportunities for students to enter into the perspectives of people who saw the world very differently from themselves. In order to achieve these goals, I build a low-risk, inclusive classroom environment that encourages students to reflect on their own learning and make small, gradual adjustments.
Sample Syllabus: Hursh_Christianity in Latin America_Syllabus