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Teaching Observation-Dr. Reese

Today, as part of satisfying the requirements for History 551, Seminar on the Teaching of History, two classmates and I sat in on Dr. Reese’s section of History 103, The United States to 1877. It was quite interesting, as we learned about both his style and colonial Virginia. I never knew that times were as harsh for indentured servants as he discussed. Dr. Reese’s style was quite animated, as he moved around and lectured in a clear, loud voice. He used available technology, including posting lecture outlines and syllabus online. Attempts to engage students, while a little difficult did work. Dr. Reese even used a bit of humor at the end.

After class, we chatted about teaching methods and philosophy and discussed opinions regarding reminding students about deadlines, incorporating new interprative areas, while maintaining the familiar political narrative. We also discussed textbooks, which he believed included too much “fluff”. One interesting idea we discussed was differences in standards and expectations between him and other colleagues. Overall, it was a good experience and some of us will be sitting in on Dr. Prescott’s History 104, The United States since 1877 section tomorrow.

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