Embracing Airplane Mode

Embracing Airplane Mode

Itโ€™s moments like those that recharge us, and give us the energy and reservoir to draw on when times get tough.

Advice for New AP Teachers

Advice for New AP Teachers

This post offers some basic Advice for New AP Teachers that should help them get a better understanding of how to survive the first year of teaching an Advanced Placement course.

AP World History Podcasts

Many podcasts can help AP World History students and teachers to think complexly about the past and how we learn about it.

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Advice for New AP World History Teachers

AP World History is going through a huge change this summer as teachers prepare for the new AP World History: Modern course. But, the people most anxious about teaching the course in fall may be the teachers least affected by these changes: those teaching AP World...

9/11, Between History and Memory

Next fall I will begin my thirtieth year teaching and learning history with high school students. I am now three times the age of my students. Thus, some historical topics also exist as memories for me. The Berlin Wall fell when I was student teaching my first two...

Saving Myself from the Daily Hijack

Classes Have a "Tone" There were just 14 students in the class, and they all wanted to be there. What a dream situation for an AP US History teacher! But classes can develop personalities, and it only takes one or two unique individuals to set the tone. Iโ€™m a grizzled...

Donโ€™t Let the Slackers Get You Down

Donโ€™t Let the Slackers Get You Down

I canโ€™t tell you how many days I left class angry because those three students refused to rise to the college level of their peers, refused to engage in impassioned discussions, and refused to be equal partners in very interesting group projects.

Professor in Waiting

Professor in Waiting

Looking back on the situation, I can now see that I fell into some novice teacher mistakes that most likely arose from a veteran teacherโ€™s arrogance.

The Struggle Against Apathy

The Struggle Against Apathy

Any student who shows up in my room has chosen to be there, and should therefore, have some skin in the game, right?