AP Summer Training

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 community where all his students have internet access at home immediately turned me off to the training altogether (this doesn’t even come close to describing my school environment). Not to mention, the small attached desk and chair were extremely uncomfortable and the forced conversations an unwelcome change from the summer solitude. The only plus–food trucks! The university gave us $18 a day to spend at these and I ate more than I should have, even with the long walks to the university classroom every day.

I wrote a full page of notes and intended to transcribe the most important here, but I realized I only gained two things from the training:

  1. Someone from another school was kind enough to share all her files with me which will be extremely useful
  2. I redesigned my class website and created a teacher resources tab.

While the training was mostly a waste of time–we spent three and a half hours reading and answering questions about the Zenger trial, only for the instructor to say he wouldn’t use this document with his class–it did get me in the mindset of preparing for school again. And for that I am grateful.

5 thoughts on “AP Summer Training

  1. Hah! It’s wonderful that you found the positive out of a seemingly blah, snore-snore CE experience. 😉

    “In every adversity lies the seed of an equal or greater opportunity.”
    — Napoleon Hill

    By the way, thank you for your visit and the Follow. I believe I will peruse here and there… see what trouble I can find. 😁


  2. I’m glad you wrote this and that I found it! Thank you!
    Don’t ever waste your time! Don’t you realize that what you did at Sac State is what many of your/our students do?
    What would have been better? Let me know.
    I wish you had told me you weren’t getting anything out of it. In the future at any PD, make the most of it for YOU. Do what you need to do not to waste YOUR time. If it’s not working, talk to the professor or just do what you need to do. At the outset, I tried to make it clear that the key is for all of us as professionals to do what we need to do to get out of it what works for us. That’s it!
    Also, regarding Zenger, I wouldn’t do it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t or the others can’t. Remember, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. On top of that, we need to be careful what we use with our students documents wise.
    Thank you also for the Doctopus/Goobric stuff. I’m hoping I can make that work for me.
    Let me know if you have any questions on anything or if you get stuck. If you ever want to visit my classroom, you’re welcome any time.
    Thanks again for your blog post. I’m glad I read it, but I wish you had told me while we were there.
    There’s more than one way…


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