About Ric Doringo

Ric is a social studies teacher in Northeast Ohio with twenty years experience in high schools and univerisities. He currently teaches courses in U. S. history (is an approved AP grader), economics and human rights.

Teaching the Environment in the Social Studies and Humanities (and Everywhere Else)

When we get close to the end of the year I like to leave my students with a bit of reflection for the future. In a matter-of-fact and “non-preachy” way, I tell them that the most crucial issue that their generation will inherit is the environment. In fact, despite what students hear from many political [...]

Sunday Night Blues: Coping with Teacher Anxiety as the New Week Begins

Between the joy and relaxation of the weekend, and the crushing anxiety of a new work week, lies Sunday night. No matter how fulfilled one feels with their work, or how much they “love their job,” nearly everyone feels that tinge of tension and apprehension as 8:00 pm rolls around and you begin thinking about [...]

Teaching Black Consciousness and White Privilege

One matter we have gotten over very quickly as a country is the notion, beginning in 2008 and carried throughout the Obama presidency, that we now live in a "post-racial" society.  The fact that an African American was twice-elected to the nation's highest office gave rise to the idea that racial discord can now be [...]