About

Jim Smith is a history and humanities teacher who also spends time consulting and writing. He has led workshops for teachers throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia, and he has created a MOOC for Rice University titled "The Art of Teaching History" that reached over 6700 teachers in 148 nations. In addition to his work teaching in the humanities and training teachers, Jim also teaches classes on music history.

Jim is the author
four books, including Ideas That Shape A Nation, a U.S. history textbook that has been endorsed by two Pulitzer Prize-winning historians, and Catherine’s Son, a novel about Billy the Kid that was selected as finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards as best historical fiction. Jim has also published numerous articles and book reviews for publications such as Healthy U, The Journal of Southern History, Phi Delta Kappan, AP Central, Historical Times, and Acting Lessons for Teachers.

Jim has been a recipient of the James Madison Fellowship, the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, and a two-time recipient of Stanford University's William Robertson Coe Fellowship. The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History has recognized Jim as the U.S. History Teacher of the Year. He has also been recognized as the New Mexico Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the National Teachers Hall of Fame.


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Obiter dictum
According to the Ojibwe, an indigenous people of the Great Lakes area, a Great Rabbit known as Mishaabooz was co-creator of the world. Mishaabooz served the Ojibwe as a symbol of fruitfulness and renewal, a force that created a world in which further creativity came from humans themselves rather divine intervention. The Great Rabbit was a symbol of that creativity, making the rabbit in the photo below a great way to begin a blog that celebrates the creativity found in music. The rabbit's smile will serve as an inspiration for everything posted on this site.

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Smiling Rabbit Photo © 2012 Mark Smith