Teaching Quantitative Analysis in AP Government

I recently received an email from a first year AP GOPO teacher asking if I had any tips for teaching quantitative analysis. I remember first seeing the words “quantitative analysis” when the changes were made the the AP curriculum, rolling my eyes, and thinking “Don’t students already know how to read a graph” Narrator (I…

Student Lead Projects and the Hamilton Mix-Tape

In 2016, my whole life changed. We had a class in our school called Creative Musicianship, and the teacher was a like-minded educator who loved to take risks and was on board with anything that allowed students to express themselves.

3 Project Ideas For After the AP Exam

I woke up this morning and didn’t really know what to do with myself. That’s been the six years of the morning after the AP test feeling. In our district, movies are not the preferred use of class time over 20 minutes.¬† Here are a few ideas for how to spend the time after the…

Extended School Absences/Closures

We are in unprecedented times. It’s uncertain. And many are wondering what we are going to do for the AP test. As someone who has a chronic illness, I think about MY extended absences a lot, and have safeguards built-in for days I need to be gone. We have one more week of our scheduled…

Teaching AP Government in a Shortened Semester: Week 7 The Judiciary

Week 7, Days 29-32 What was covered this week: Literally, I just kept¬†Federalist 78, the Judiciary, and an argumentative essay without the argumentative essay because my students killed the seminar and brought in ALL the Fed Papers, and all the evidence. I’m not going to lie, this is hard. I’m juggling too much. Outside the…