professional learning

What if we taught composition like Bob Ross teaches painting?

What if we taught composition like Bob Ross teaches painting?

Back in my hometown, it was a rite of passage at the age of twelve to get a paper route. There was no status associated with it, nor did it come with a certain badge of honor – you see, back in the day kids got newspaper gigs to have deep pockets so that they could buy candy and Nintendo games and G.I. Joes.

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Current Events & Your AP® Government Classroom

Current Events & Your AP® Government Classroom

Around 2005, I started a more regular and purposeful current events routine in my AP® Government and Politics class. I would supply three articles on Sunday, and students needed to read them by class time on Tuesday. I creatively called it “Current Events Tuesday.” No students cheered, but I soon noticed that...

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Organizing Your AP® European History Course

Organizing Your AP® European History Course

Do you need some ideas and/or extra support to organize your AP® European History course? Join Lou Gallo as he shares ideas on organizing your course and explains strategies that he has used successfully with his students.  

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Accessibility & Engagement in the Evolving ELA Classroom

Accessibility & Engagement in the Evolving ELA Classroom

As educators, we live for moments that revitalize our passion for teaching. Moments when we see the spark of comprehension in a student's eyes when they connect to a story, when we feel the energy of collaborative discussion unfolding in the classroom, or when we witness struggling readers and students with...

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AP® European History Review: Key Concepts & Dates

AP® European History Review: Key Concepts & Dates

Do you need ideas or extra support helping students review for the AP® European History Exam? Join me as I share my content review resources and explain strategies that I've used successfully with my students to prepare for the exam.

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Acing the AP® U.S. Government & Politics Exam with David Wolfford

Acing the AP® U.S. Government & Politics Exam with David Wolfford

Though the College Board’s AP® United States Government and Politics FRQs #3 and #4 may be more involved and seem more challenging, FRQ #1 and #2 can be tricky for students. Data sets and primary reading passages can be intimidating.

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#APLangTop5 Session 5: A Focus on Line of Reasoning

#APLangTop5 Session 5: A Focus on Line of Reasoning

For many years, LOR—for most English teachers—stood for The Lord of the Rings. But now, LOR has come to stand for something seemingly even more complicated than Tolkien mythology: Line of Reasoning.

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#APLangTop5 Session 4: Providing & Explaining Commentary

#APLangTop5 Session 4: Providing & Explaining Commentary

In this session of our #APLangTop5 Most Difficult Concept Series, we focus on concretely explaining what commentary is, why it matters in the context of each essay format, and how to scaffold instruction so that students understand how to create analysis and logical coherence within their responses.

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#APLangTop5 Session 3: Generating Evidence

#APLangTop5 Session 3: Generating Evidence

In the two sessions of the third installment of our series, “The Top 5 Most Difficult Concepts to Teach in an AP® Language Course...and how to conquer!", we focus on generating evidence for the argument essay and integrating source material in paragraphs for the synthesis essay question.

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#APLangTop5 Session 2: Writing for Sophistication

#APLangTop5 Session 2: Writing for Sophistication

Over the course of three sessions, Lauren and I use the language from the College Board released exam rubrics to inspire strategies that will enhance sophistication in students’ analysis and argument writing. Each video provides instruction on how to not only potentially earn the sophistication point, but also...

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