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…

My Favorite Books for AP Government

I’ve always been a reader, ever since I pretended to need a nightlight so that I could keep reading after my mom made me go to bed. When I want to learn something, I immediately go to books. As someone whose teacher program trained her to be an early childhood educator, moved to junior high,…

Celebrating Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

In Arizona, September 25 is Sandra Day O’Connor Day, celebrating the day she was sworn in as the first female Supreme Court Justice. On a few occasions, I’ve met Justice O’Connor, work with her civic education organization, iCivics, and find her to be the most incredible women I’ve had the opportunity to study. The latest…