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…

Discussing Citizens United: Documents and a Socratic Seminar

Oh campaign finance. The wonderful world. {take a deep breath and continues to pretend it’s super fun!} *I take 2 regular and 1 block day for this. On Friday, I assigned Citizens United v. FEC. They are not writing the DBQ, but using the documents (including Federalist 10) to prepare for a Socratic discussion on…

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.

Learning More About What You Teach and Who You are Teaching

As a National Board Certified teacher, I am constantly reflecting on the Five Core Propositions, especially the second: Teachers Know the Subjects They Teach and How To Teach Those Subjects. As we moved through the last 3 months, this has been a focal point for me. If you are not aware, I do not have…