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.



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Indian Removal

Unit Goal:   This unit provides a chronological framework for students to envision their current knowledge of westward expansion in a chronological framework, while also introducing additional declarative knowledge of the people, organizations, locations, and specific events that serve as markers for this unit. Students are also presented with primary source material that exhibit conflicting …


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