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 editor Erin Gould at [email protected]

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

Teaching the Anthropology of Dance

Teaching the Anthropology of Dance

Cultural Anthropology has published a number of research articles about dance, including Sally A. Ness’ “Originality in the Postcolony: Choreographing the Neoet... More

First Day Activity: Ten Things You Believe to be True

First Day Activity: Ten Things You Believe to be True

The first day of class is often a challenge for new instructors. After addressing the inevitable logistical issues (e.g., enrollment, the syllabus, access to co... More

Teaching Resources Round-Up

Teaching Resources Round-Up

At the most recent annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in Denver, I presented on and attended several panels focused on teaching-re... More

Teaching and Learning in Anthropology

Teaching and Learning in Anthropology

Hello! I’m excited to be serving as the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence for the Teaching Tools section of the Cultural Anthropology website. I have been teaching... More

Showing Up: Creating Captivating Presentations

Showing Up: Creating Captivating Presentations

There is a famous quote by Woody Allen that says “80 percent of success is showing up.” But this means showing up with all of you, and that requires more than j... More

A New Vision for Teaching Tools

A New Vision for Teaching Tools

As the new section editor for the Teaching Tools section of the Cultural Anthropology website, I want to take this opportunity to present my vision for the sect... More