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 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

Crafting a Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Crafting a Statement of Teaching Philosophy

A statement of teaching philosophy is the cornerstone of any teaching portfolio and is required for most academic job applications. But it is often a challengin... More

It’s In the Syllabus

It’s In the Syllabus

“What did we cover in class last week? What’s your late homework policy? When are your office hours? How will my grade be computed?” Jorge Chan’s PhD Comics str... More

On the Same Side: Crafting Humane Course Policies

On the Same Side: Crafting Humane Course Policies

It’s that time of the year again, at least on the University of California’s quarter system. As spring courses draw to a close and graduation ceremonies approac... More

Lessons for Learning-Centered Course Design

Lessons for Learning-Centered Course Design

A favorite joke in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) community is based on one of Bud Blake’s comic strips. Tiger, the titular character, is talki... More