Focus on the Outcomes

I received an email this morning that I needed to choose my daughter’s mode of instruction for the 2020-2021 school year by July 10th. (Arizona starts early and the district is on a modified year-round schedule). I froze. Like me, most people are going into this next school year wondering what in the hell they […]

Reflections on Teaching Remotely

I’ve been writing this in my head for three weeks. In my 17 years of teaching, I never knew something like this could be possible. As a National Board Certified Teacher, I am constantly reflecting and changing things. I am currently 3 weeks into remote teaching and 5 weeks out of school (because of spring […]

Extended School Absences/Closures

We are in unprecedented times. It’s uncertain. And many are wondering what we are going to do for the AP test. As someone who has a chronic illness, I think about MY extended absences a lot, and have safeguards built-in for days I need to be gone. We have one more week of our scheduled […]

Teaching AP Government in a Shortened Semester- Introduction

I teach AP Government in a semester, which is fine first semester. I relish in 92 days to teach the curriculum. I wish I had a year, but I have fine-tuned the semester and feel good about it. That was until I looked at my second semester. Between three holidays, a two-week break, FIVE late […]

For “Those” Days

Ever have those days where half your class is gone? Here is a lesson to keep them engaged, but not get too ahead on content.

Congress and the President

After giving notes on the presidency, I wanted to really show students how it works in action today and historically. Here are a few ways I did so. I also discuss the American Presidency in another post. I used a block day and a day for these in total. If you are curious about my […]