A strange thing is going to happen to this website over the next few months. I have poured everything I have into teaching history for years, but now, my career is about to make a major change - I have been elected to represent teachers on the Kenai Peninsula as the President of our teacher's union.
My focus will move from classroom teaching to advocacy for students and teachers, and will take my focus from keeping study resources up to date. Unfortunately, I will probably not keep up with the major changes to AP tests for the three tests that I have resources for. That said, my AP World resources fell out of date after I stopped teaching it and they moved to the new format, and frankly, who can keep up with their changes after a year of pandemic?
Here's something exciting, though, amidst that which might be a bit of a bummer.
I've always wanted to leverage my library of primary and secondary sources to provide students with access to collections of quotes, brief analyses, and the starting points for research that they might later need. Over the last year, I've built two textbooks into my website (thanks to the folks at OpenStax and the tremendous work of the contributors to the US History and US Government textbooks) that I intend to refine and build upon. For a few years, I've lazily added primary sources to my Sourcebook as they were needed for my in-class assignments.
As it stands, I have many, many resources, but have always dreamed of adding more.
Teaching is the most exhausting job I've had in my life, and I don't expect that to change. I haven't had time to truly fill out any of the resources that I've built here. Over the next couple of years of work, without the endless at-home hours required to keep up with grading and lesson planning, perhaps I'll be able to post more in the other places that need attention. Perhaps I can add context and resources to the textbooks. Perhaps I can write my own articles for them.
Once a teacher, always a teacher. I will not be able to stop working on this craft no matter what my job title is.
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