Teaching AP Government in a Shortened Semester- Introduction

I teach AP Government in a semester, which is fine first semester. I relish in 92 days to teach the curriculum. I wish I had a year, but I have fine-tuned the semester and feel good about it. That was until I looked at my second semester. Between three holidays, a two-week break, FIVE late […]

Federalist 78, the Judiciary, and an argumentative essay

I have stated how much I love teaching the Supreme Court. It simply cannot be overstated. I could teach an entire semester on the subject, but alas I have a semester to get through the entire AP Government content. For example, this morning I listened to “Justice Neil Gorsuch, Live at America’s Town Hall” and […]

Creating infographics using Brutus I and Federalist 10

Last week, I was in Philadelphia for NCC First Amendment Summer Teacher Institute. It was incredible, however I also had to miss my second week of school. I do hate being gone, especially when we are trying to establish our community. I’ve been so lucky this year because my students are engaged, interested, and incredible. […]

The Gathering of Knowledge

When I was in high school {20 years ago}, my classes were lecture, worksheets, and tests. So, naturally, as a new teacher I did the same. And I hated it because I hated being a student like that. Now, worksheets have a purpose in classes as long as they are interactive as opposed to rote […]