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Looking Back: Outstanding Blog Posts from Former Teacher in Residence Tom Bober

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As we prepare for the arrival of the Library’s 2016-17 Teacher in Residence, we thought we would take a look back at some outstanding posts from our previous Teachers in Residence.

Tom Bober
2015-16 Library of Congress Multimedia Teacher in Residence Tom Bober

We know that 2015-16 Multimedia Teacher in Residence Tom Bober is back in his library sharing with his students some of what he learned in the past year at the Library. Here are a few of his Multimedia Moments:

Analyzing Film in the Classroom
Looking for some suggestions on ways to help students successfully analyze films? Tom provides some helpful ideas.

Multimedia Moment: Documenting WWI Film Analysis Using Video Editing Software
To supplement an article he wrote for Social Education, Tom made suggestions on the ways to use video editing software to encourage successful analysis of historical films.

Considering Moment of Use
Tom encourages teachers to consider the best times to incorporate primary sources into classroom activities to encourage greater engagement, inquiry, and learning.

Thanksgiving Maskers. Bain News Service, 1910
Thanksgiving Maskers. Bain News Service, 1910

Unmasking a Thanksgiving Tradition Through Photos and Newspapers
A favorite amongst the Library’s education staff, Tom explores the tradition of Thanksgiving maskers and looks at ways students can learn more about this tradition.

How Dandy Was Candy? Exploring Messages in Candy and Chocolate Advertisements
Would you believe that candy was considered to be as pure and wholesome as it was delicious? Tom explores advertising for chocolate and candy from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

A Mystery Sparked by a Century-Old Film
We’re always happy to see a primary source stir up a desire to learn more. See Tom learn more about the 1897 film “Corner of Madison and State Streets, Chicago.”

Reading Portraits: Analyzing Art as a Primary Source
Co-authored with Briana Zavadil White of the National Portrait Gallery, this post provides suggestions on how teachers can use a portrait to learn more about a person and why he or she posed with specific items or in a specific way.

If you want to see more of Tom’s blog posts, use the search box on the left side of the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog page. And let us know in the comments what you would like to see in future blog posts.


  1. Tom I enjoyed reading about the variety of lessons and information you provided as Teacher in Residence. Your blogs are valuable pieces for educators. I was just discussing the use of a portrait in a primary source lesson and your blog introduced me to new strategies that would engage all students in a meaningful and purposeful study.

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