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 […]
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 […]
Week 7, Days 29-32 What was covered this week: Literally, I just kept Federalist 78, the Judiciary, and an argumentative essay without the argumentative essay because my students killed the seminar and brought in ALL the Fed Papers, and all the evidence. I’m not going to lie, this is hard. I’m juggling too much. Outside the […]
Posting a bit early this week, but we have block day and a three day weekend coming! Week 6, Days 24-28 I always think of the scene from Zootopia when I teach the bureaucracy. What was covered this week: Day 24- Lecture on the bureaucracy (Very simple. I was more focused on having them work […]
Week 1, Days 1-4 (No school on Monday, teacher “workday” aka meetings, but we have 2 block days) What was covered this week: Day 1: Administrative and housekeeping items. New kids. Day 2/3 (Block Days): Readings (Hobbes, Locke, and Jefferson) and the Analytical Reading that includes Federalist 10 and Brutus I from AP Classroom. The […]
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 […]
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.
It has begun. We’ve started our week of deep diving into Street Law’s Winter SCOTUS in the classroom case, Tyson Timbs and a 2012 Land Rover LR2 v. State of Indiana. This is the final exam for my AP Government class as well as my accelerated 8th graders. I have discussed how I do this […]
A fun way to review Supreme Court cases!
I absolutely love podcasts! I can listen while I’m driving or out for a walk. I love having my students listen to them as well. I often assign them outside of class, but sometimes we will listen to them if they are short and meaningful. It’s also helpful for my auditory learners or for students […]