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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Questions and proposals for guest posts can be sent to section editors Kyle Harp-Rushing and Laura LeVon at kharp001@ucr.edu and lauralev@buffalo.edu.

Teaching Uncertainty: Disrupting Nativism with Anneeth Kaur Hundle

Teaching Uncertainty: Disrupting Nativism with Anneeth Kaur Hundle

In March 2017, I interviewed Anneeth Kaur Hundle, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Merced, on her two-part article entitled ... More

Teaching with Hope: Anand Pandian on Cultivating Possibility in the Classroom

Teaching with Hope: Anand Pandian on Cultivating Possibility in the Classroom

“Why are we so interested in other ways of being human, if not to put those into practice as ways of pluralizing both what we can be and what the world we inhab... More

Teaching with Digital Technology: In-Class Applications

Teaching with Digital Technology: In-Class Applications

Last month, the Teaching Tools section kicked off a series of posts exploring how digital technologies can be used in teaching, particularly in anthropology cou... More

Teaching with Digital Technology: An Introduction

Teaching with Digital Technology: An Introduction

As an instructor, you may have a strict policy on the use of laptops, tablets, and mobile phones in class. Perhaps you ask students to keep their digital device... More

Teaching Race: On Stereotypes and Privilege

Teaching Race: On Stereotypes and Privilege

I am a white woman, an identity I share with the majority of women voters who elected President Donald Trump. I am also middle-class, another aspect of my privi... More

Teaching Uncertainty: An Introduction

Teaching Uncertainty: An Introduction

In launching a new Teaching Tools series, I wanted to begin by thinking with the generativity of uncertainty, with how uncertainty works politically and sociall... More

Teaching with Hope: An Introduction

Teaching with Hope: An Introduction

The language of hope from the 2008 U.S. presidential election seems so distant from the doomsday rhetoric of the election we’ve just experienced. I, like many o... More

Reflecting on the Scholar-in-Residence Program: An Interview with Angela Jenks

Reflecting on the Scholar-in-Residence Program: An Interview with Angela Jenks

Over the past six months, the Teaching Tools section of the Cultural Anthropology website has been proud to host Angela Jenks as our inaugural Scholar-in-Reside... More

Preparing Your Teaching Demonstration

Preparing Your Teaching Demonstration

A teaching demonstration is one of the most important parts of a job interview at a teaching-focused university, small liberal arts college, or community colleg... More

Why Don't Students Read?

Why Don't Students Read?

I once dismissed a class because no one had done the reading. I was teaching a lower-division course called “Peoples and Cultures of Africa,” and for two weeks ... More