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…

Constitution Day Resources Round-Up

Hello Constitution Day! Now, in teaching AP Government or APUSH or really any other social studies class, this isn’t the only day you talk about the Constitution. For me, it was always a fun day to celebrate this document, look at what it has accomplished, and what still needs to be accomplished. The document itself…

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…

Rethinking Writing Assignments in an Online Classroom Environment

I’m just going to say it. It is unrealistic and unnecessary to assign full essays in an online environment. You do not need that stress of grading, and it may not be the best way for students to learn. I stopped assigning full essays in my classroom 3 years ago. I always told students, we…