Teaching Tools is dedicated to the intersections between pedagogy, ethnography, and anthropology. The section is a growing resource for instructors, teaching assistants, and students, with everything from discussion guides and in-class activities to critically minded reflections on the practice, politics, and poetics of teaching anthropology, whether inside the academy or in alternative settings.

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Teaching Cultural Anthropology as a Community-Building MOOC-Style Course

Teaching Cultural Anthropology as a Community-Building MOOC-Style Course

This post highlights the introductory cultural anthropology syllabus prepared by Rebecca Howes-Mischel and Megan Tracy, which they organized in similar style to... More

Creating Community in an Asynchronous Online Class

Creating Community in an Asynchronous Online Class

In the summer of 2020, we faced a challenge (one of many collectively shared): what to do with our general education Introduction to Cultural Anthropology class... More

A Complement to the Syllabus Archive: Primiano, Krishnan, and Sangaramoorthy's “Plagues, Pathogens, and Pedagogical Decolonization”

A Complement to the Syllabus Archive: Primiano, Krishnan, and Sangaramoorthy's “Plagues, Pathogens, and Pedagogical Decolonization”

Through the Syllabus Archive on Teaching Tools, we have worked to put together different opportunities for people to share their approaches to emergent topics i... More

The Poetics of Deep Reading: A Field Guide to Getting Lost in a Book

The Poetics of Deep Reading: A Field Guide to Getting Lost in a Book

When was the last time you read a book without checking your phone? Two years ago, we posed this question to our undergraduate students in political anthropol... More

Distribute2020: An Invitation to Use, Reuse, Recombine, Cite, Relate, and Teach!

Distribute2020: An Invitation to Use, Reuse, Recombine, Cite, Relate, and Teach!

Welcome to the Teaching Tools series inspired by Distribute2020, the biannual multimodal conference presented by the Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) and... More

Ethnography, Journalism, and the Politics of Representation

Ethnography, Journalism, and the Politics of Representation

Qualitative research paradigms are often set in contrast to quantitative paradigms. And, in a lower-division anthropology class, students may only have familiar... More

Syllabus Archive: Anthropology and the “Making” of Arts and Technologies

Syllabus Archive: Anthropology and the “Making” of Arts and Technologies

Making is central to knowing. Doing ethnographic fieldwork makes this obvious. It is less obvious in the classroom, however, where sitting and reading texts tog... More

Online Tools for Hybrid and Remote Teaching

Online Tools for Hybrid and Remote Teaching

Welcome to the world in a new abnormal—a world filled with Zoom burn-out (Cauterucci 2020) and new struggles to engage students. Spring 2020 was, for most, a ti... More

Syllabus Archive: Critical Ethnographies

Syllabus Archive: Critical Ethnographies

What is ethnography, and how do we teach about ethnography/ethnographies so that students understand the complexity of analysis? There have been many scholars w... More

Syllabus Archive Project: An Introduction

Syllabus Archive Project: An Introduction

As someone newly immersed in a university teaching environment after shedding my role as a graduate student, I was excited, yet unsure of how to approach design... More