I am a prospective social studies teacher transitioning out of being a full-time adjunct professor, and speciallist in Mesoamerican archaeology and ethnohistory. As a social studies teacher, this is also a place where I will post lesson plans, resources on history, anthropology, geography, and links and commentary on online resources for social studies. This site is designed to be helpful for students by providing information on things related to archaeology, my experiences in the field, and resources out there that might be beneficial to them. Basically the idea is to put “my brain” online so I can keep track of everything and don’t lose it, but in a way that is beneficial to whoever might find their way here.
The first secondary school Social Studies lesson plans will be slanted to Modern World History, which in Ohio where I live is a Freshman level course. I also have experience teaching AP World History, and hope to post ideas related to that course soon.
Due to my background in Mesoamerica (Mexico and Central America), the content will likely be slanted to that culture area since that is what I have some ability to comment on knowledgeably. You can read about what I’ve done and what I’ve published using the pull-down menus in the navigation bar and following the links to my online profiles and resources below. I also plan to point out engaged archaeologists who present their work, debunk pseudo-archaeology (you know, aliens and such), and discuss why the past is important. I will also be posting resources for teaching history, book reviews, helpful websites, etc. that are geared to high school social studies. And finally, I have some experience in the CRM (Cultural Resource Management, also generally known as “contract archaeology”) field, and so I include my experiences there for the benefit of interested students and any other interested folks. you can find resources for teaching history, book reviews, helpful websites, etc. that are geared to high school social studies.