(Closed) Calling Teacher Bees – AP Guides?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Are you trying to learn how to teach it, or trying to learn the subject?

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t know which guide is best; I’d just pick the one that you like the format of the best.  When I took AP History, I know that the most important stuff we learned was not the content but rather how to analyze the primary sources in the Document Based Questions. It was difficult because it was the first time any of us had been asked to look critically at such documents.  So, in addition to the content, I’d make sure your students started working with DBQs from the start.  Maybe start with the cartoon below, since it may already be familiar to your students.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My DH did a week long program at the local university here called AP institute for Biology.  They didn’t get a guide but they gave him a textbook, lab guide, and some sheets.  Do you know if your county has a program like that?  Here is a link to the one in my county. https://www2.sdhc.k12.fl.us/APSI/Courses.asp 

Can you contact the teacher from last year that taught AP?  They should still have their worksheets. 

In our county the AP teachers have a listserv through email where they can message each other.  Maybe talk to your department head to see if they have a set up like that.  Get on the listserv and send out an email asking for a guide.  I am sure one of the veteran teachers in the county would be glad to help you out.

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_ushist.html

That’s all I could find on College Board’s website.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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Also, did you take AP history when you were in school?  My teacher made the class really come alive because she had us debate almost everything.  

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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@Ms.GoodEarth:  I see that you’re teaching at a charter school — I teach at one, too.  It’s a very interesting place to be!

I would talk to the other history teachers at your school, especially those who have taught the kids you’ll be getting.  How much do they already know about US History?  I would plan to assess their basic knowledge so you know where to start.  Students who go to charter schools may have gone to different schools along the way, and so may have missed crucial parts of their education, or just parts of the history curriculum.  Maybe show them an example of the AP test…though that could be really daunting at first!

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