Session 1 – JAMES KIRKCALDY – AP EUROPEAN
For Experienced and New teachers! Major changes in the AP European History exam! The main focus will be on the new changes in the structure of the course as well in the new exam. The workshop will also concentrate on teaching strategies, core concepts, recent historiography, alternative assessments, and the grading the A.P. exam – all designed to reflect the new changes in the course. The workshop is also designed to share and discuss student centered teaching strategies and activities. Participants will receive numerous PowerPoint’s, and ancillary teaching materials and readings as well the instructor’s 250-page workbook.
Session 3 – LENORE SCHNEIDER – AP EUROPEAN
AP European History provides a rich interdisciplinary experience for students, and prepares them for most college level humanities courses as well. The workshop is designed to enable both new and experienced teachers to plan an effective and dynamic course. The workshop includes strategies to help students to learn the content, 1500 to the present, and all aspects of the course: politics, economics, social history, intellectual history, art history, and historiography. Participants can learn how to structure the syllabus to include appropriate activities and assessments, as well as content. An explanation of the AP test and scoring will include in depth training of the Document Based Question and guidelines for the Short Answer, free response, and multiple choice questions. Numerous handouts will supplement the explanation of teaching strategies, especially involving the critical thinking skills vital to the course. Participants will also engage in abbreviated simulations, role plays, and student centered activities. Discussion is encouraged, and teachers should bring textbooks, relevant materials, books, films, and strategies to share. The participants will receive a flash drive of hundreds of sample lessons and materials. The instructor will focus on the latest changes to the course and exam, and ways to enable students to succeed, especially in terms of the writing components of the exam.