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…

Discussing Citizens United: Documents and a Socratic Seminar

Oh campaign finance. The wonderful world. {take a deep breath and continues to pretend it’s super fun!} *I take 2 regular and 1 block day for this. On Friday, I assigned Citizens United v. FEC. They are not writing the DBQ, but using the documents (including Federalist 10) to prepare for a Socratic discussion on…

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…