This blog is supervised by Peter Pappas with contributions from his undergraduate / graduate social studies methods class ~ ED 456/533E at the University of Portland’s School of Education.

We utilize a practical, hands-on, project-based approach to mastering the art and science of teaching secondary social studies. More here. Our course goals:

  1. Learn to think like a historian (or other social scientist).
  2. Become a skillful instructional designer.
  3. Develop skills for reflection, growth and professional networking.

Peter also teaches ED 424 ~ Computers and Educational Technology at UP. When not teaching, he can be found blogging at Copy / Paste or lurking on Twitter @edteck


Visit our edMethods Teacher’s Tool Kit for resources in historical thinking, primary source archives, edtech tools, Google tools, teaching strategies and more.



Header image: “Letters forming a teach word.” Photo by Wokandapix. Photo via Good Free Photos


Class 13: Teaching Lab II

Today’s class is the first of two classes featuring historical thinking skills lessons delivered by our peers. Students have prepared a 20-30 minute lesson designed to feature one or more historical thinking skills. Students are invited to  use a variety of instructional techniques of their choice with the lesson – for example flipped learning or …


Peter Pappas, the instructor,  is a University of Portland-based educator, writer and instructional designer exploring frontiers of teaching, jazz, yoga, Macs, film, great books, and garlic.


He also teaches an undergrad edtech course at UP, blogs at Copy / Paste and lurks on Twitter @edteck