A collection of teaching links and resources from the blog and my courses.


The Story Behind the Numbers

The wonderful animators at Kiss Me I’m Polish, who did the design and graphics for my book The Family, have also produced a series of short videos based on infographics from the text, under the title The Story Behind the Numbers. These are less than 2 minutes long and use just a few numbers, intended to spur reflection and discussion in conjunction with the details in the book — and I got to be the narrator:

Good teaching pieces

  • For years I’ve assembled blog posts to according to teaching topics. Now I have a book of essays — updated, improved, consolidated — that does a lot of that for you. It’s Enduring Bonds: Inequality, Marriage, Parenting, and Everything Else that Makes Families Great and Terrible (from University of California Press, or Amazon). The first chapter, on modernity and parenting, is up as a sample.
  • But here is a new collection of blog posts good for teaching, anyway. These are organized according to the structure of The Family.
  • Browse the older ones if you want more or don’t see what you like: Fall 2017Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Winter 2013

Instructional video

  • I experimented with a how-to video explaining the total fertility rate, and showing how you can calculate it yourself using free Census data: It’s 9 minutes on Youtube (captioned)


Research methods

Graphics and statistics



If you are an instructor who is using or considering The Family, I invite you to join this Facebook group for a teaching discussion.

6 responses to “Teaching

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  3. Megan McDrew

    Hello! I am using your book in two of my community college marriage and family classes. Do you have a sample syllabus for your book at the community college level? Also I would love ideas for activities on the first few days of class while students buy the book. Thanks!


    • I hope you are logged in as an instructor on the Norton site, here: http://books.wwnorton.com/books/webad.aspx?id=4294986077. If you need to get access, you can contact your Norton representative there (or email me). I don’t have a community college syllabus, but the Norton folks might have one. Also, there is a DVD with short videos that you might be able to use to get discussion going before they have started reading. Or you could pick a short blog post and use that to get started (see the links above). Folks in the Facebook group also might have some ideas. Good luck with the course – I hope you’ll stay in touch.


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