Designed to integrate the AP World History curriculum into the open-enrollment classroom, this course will include discussions and updated techniques covering the successful introduction and implementation of the AP "habits of mind" into the classroom. Emphasis will be placed on the six chronological periods covered in the new AP World History course description.
- The scope and framework of changes to AP World History curriculum
- Establishing and maintaining college-level academic standards while making the course enjoyable
- Building teacher success and confidence through preparation
- Using creative lessons and activities to open the door to student confidence and success, and to address issues of, “but my students can’t do this”
- Writing a practical course syllabus for an accelerated block and/or a traditional school schedule
- Making art and culture part of the unit lessons
- Improving student organization and opening their eyes to the possibilities of interpreting and understanding world history
- Teaching effective essay writing and critical thinking skills using “Law & Order”/”CSI” investigative style
- Examining the 2014 exam for test-taking strategies
- Learning how to grade the three essays and comparing the results with grades given by AP test readers
What to Bring:
- 2014-2015 school calendar, if available
- Note-taking materials (laptops or iPads, if you want)
- Know the textbook and document reader titles used in your class, if practical
- Portable-sized monthly lesson-planning calendar with squares big enough to write in for planning purposes (digital calendars are fine)
James Rowland is a National Board Certified secondary social studies teacher who teaches AP World History, AP European History and World History at The Woodlands High School, a 5A public high school located in The Woodlands, Texas. He has taught AP World History in an open enrollment classroom since its inception in 2002 and is an endorsed national and international College Board consultant for Pre-AP and AP World History and AP European History. Last year, Mr. Rowland had more than 200 students take the AP World History exam. Mr. Rowland is an AP World History table leader/exam reader and a certified trainer for TCI’s History Alive program.
Please note that registration for AP Summer Institute 2014 has closed. Please send us an email at APSI@utsa.edu if you have any questions or concerns. We are working on the Welcome Letter for enrolled participants, and it will be sent via email soon.
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