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…

Children’s Literature in AP Government

My bachelor’s degree is in Elementary Education, and I spent six years in PreK to 4th-grade classrooms. I worked in a preschool during high school and college, and I thought for sure I’d be an elementary teacher. However, as the story goes, I did not become an elementary teacher. That doesn’t mean some teaching techniques…

Lesson Ideas for the Day After the Election

I will never forget the day after the 2016 election. I’ve discussed how burnt out I was that year, trying to keep up with all of the news, integrate it into my classroom, and make sure my students learned the assigned curriculum. You can see in the picture; some students have an electoral college map…