Learning Civics and Government as an Adult

Learning about civics and government is overwhelming as an adult. Civic education has evolved over time and as adults, some may feel cheated. The good news is it’s never too late to learn! Podcasts Straight up, just start with the National Constitution Center for podcasts, readings, and their Interactive Constitution. It’s charted by Congress and…

The Story Behind the Podcast & It’s Name

I am an avid podcast listener and used them quite often in my classroom. I’ve always wanted to do my own, and I finally decided it was time after being a guest on so many. After reading the Cult of Pedagogy’s post and asking questions of my professional learning network (PLN), I dove right in….

Three Things To Focus on When You’re Short on Time

We’ve all been there. Short on time, stressed, and rushed. I started a whole (pre-pandemic) series about it, but even before then, teaching this class in a semester is difficult. ESPECIALLY in the spring. One year, I sat down and thought about what really needed to happen and came up with this. We cannot possibly…

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…