I wasn't quite honest in my last post. I did take away one thing from AP training--I have to really focus on writing this year. The first skill I need to teach my students is how to deconstruct a prompt and then compose a thesis. I wanted to take us out of the context of … Continue reading Voldemort Teaches Thesis Writing
Last week I spent four days (32 hours) in an old somewhat stuffy college classroom listening to another teacher tell me how to teach AP. Sure, he has significantly more experience than me. But the fact that he has 5 students in his AP US History class next year and lives in a wealthy rural … Continue reading AP Summer Training
I was told a few weeks ago that I would be teaching Advanced Placement students and for a moment I was excited, I would finally be teaching the better behaved students. Like Ravenclaws, these students would be more interested in learning. Then I pictured Ravenclaw students sitting in front of me and I imagined them … Continue reading Teaching Ravenclaw-like Students and Feelings of Inadequacy
Teachers are supposed to long for summer. At least all the countdowns, memes and travel ads say so. But now that it's here, why do I feel so depressed? As soon as Spring Break ends I dream of that final bell. I imagine sunny days spent by the pool, reading for fun and watching 7.5 … Continue reading Summer Desolation
"We need to remember that to be human means to be humane." This is how one of my students ended her rebuttal following a statement by another student about Nat Turner's use of violence to invite a slave rebellion. Today we ended our Civil Rights Unit with the following debate: Are Violent Protests Ever Justified? … Continue reading Debate: Are Violent Protests Ever Justified?