{Guest Post} How to Be an Expert in the Classroom with Brit Bingold

I was given an awesome opportunity to be on Liz Evans’ podcast, Teaching History, Politics, and Stuff, which was a joy and a “taste of my own medicine” as she was on Learning Unlocked in Season 1, Episode 11: “How to Avoid Teacher Burnout and the Comparison Trap.”  When she came onto the podcast last…

Teaching AP Government Resource Round Up

Last year, around this time, I was looking at my calendar for Spring 2020 and knew I needed a solid plan because my semester was short (to the test), and I needed to make the best of my time. Add in the usual college visits, random Arizona illnesses, and other things my days would have…

Engaging Final Exams

As a student, I was not too fond of multiple-choice final exams. It seemed that what I studied was never on the test, and the fact that it could change my grade up to 20% felt impossible. As a teacher, I hated the district-mandated final exams. I hated meeting to create them, fighting over what…

Rethinking Writing Assignments in an Online Classroom Environment

I’m just going to say it. It is unrealistic and unnecessary to assign full essays in an online environment. You do not need that stress of grading, and it may not be the best way for students to learn. I stopped assigning full essays in my classroom 3 years ago. I always told students, we…

Breaking Down Foundational Documents To Make Them More Manageable in an Online World

The AP Government curriculum has nine foundational documents, all of which I’ve written about at some point. Federalist No. 10 Brutus No. 1 The Declaration of Independence The Articles of Confederation The Constitution of the United States (Including the Bill of Rights and following Amendments) Federalist 51 Letter from Birmingham Jail Federalist No. 70 Federalist…