The title of this blog comes from a sports related analogy. Much like basketball players who hang around a gym all the time are called gym rats, my entire life has been spent hanging around history. Whether it be books, educational films, board games, toy soldiers, or historical sites, I am a history rat.
I teach 8th grade US history, 7th grade Geography and 6th grade World History in a small town in northern Illinois and have done so for 25 years at my current school. My students participate in the History Fair (National History Day) program yearly. I also coach the academic team.
This blog started in 2008 and originally was about local and Illinois History. I have expanded the topics to cover a wide variety of subjects and events in the history of the US.
I also have co-written chapters in the following books:
- Henning, M.B., & Johnson, R. T. (2014). Integrating literature into a study of social issues in United States history: Adding context, emotion, and perspective. In S. Totten, & J.E. Peterson (Eds). Educating about social issues in the 20th and 21st centuries, Volume 4: A critical annotated bibliography. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
- Henning, M.B., & Johnson, R. T. (2013). The Vietnam War: Dilemmas of power. In S. Totten, & J.E. Peterson (Eds). Educating about social issues in the 20th and 21st centuries, Volume 2: A critical annotated bibliography (pp. 161- 188). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
To contact me, send me an email at email@example.com
This is my buddy Zeus, my sixteen year-old terrier.