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INFOGRAPHIC: 2016 AP Human Geography Exam Breakdown

May 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

With our new school calendar shifted two weeks up, it seems like all of the end-of-the-year hoopla is compounded by two! Needless to say, time has NOT been on my side. Alas, baby is down and coffee’s been had. I wanted to incorporate more map data this year, hopefully this keeps us interested. While creating/updating this infographic, I found/used a website called ColorBrewer to find a decent color gradient for my choropleth maps. ColorBrewer brands itself as giving color advice for maps-exactly what I was looking for. Way to go Penn State! Compiling all of the data from 51 different Excel spreadsheets was the bear here, but once everything was compiled, I used Piktochart’s nice map/charting feature to create a choropleth map that I easily inserted into the presentation. For now, it is meant for web-viewing. I will need time to create a static version. And without further adoo….adieux………adieu….the 2016 AP Human Geography Exam Breakdown [...]

RESOURCE: AP HuGe Recommended Texts

April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The following list is taken from the AP Human Geography Teacher’s Guide. The list looks a little dated, nevertheless, the authors have updated versions of their texts. ———————– Textbooks de Blij, H. J., and Alexander B. Murphy. Human Geography: Culture, Society, and Space. 7th ed. New York: John Wiley, 2003. Fellmann, Jerome D., Arthur Getis, and Judith Getis. Human Geography: Landscapes of Human Activities. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005. Jordan-Bychkov, Terry G., and Mona Domosh. The Human Mosaic: A Thematic Introduction to Cultural Geography. 9th ed. New York: W. H. Freeman, 2003. Knox, Paul L., and Sallie A. Marston. Places and Regions in Global Context: Human Geography. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2004. Kuby, Michael, John Harner, and Patricia Gober. Human Geography in Action. 3rd ed. New York: John Wiley, 2004. Norton, William. Human Geography. 5th ed. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press, 2004. [...]

RESOURCE: Sample Pacing Chart

August 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

As the upcoming school year begins, I wanted to draft a visual representation of my pacing chart that I used for the 2013-2014 school year. A couple of things to note here is that my district used 3 snow days last year during the winter months. You will also notice that there are two blank days before Spring Break to grudgingly accommodate the students whose parents let them go on cruises two days before break actually starts. There are also two days where I begin my language unit before winter break for similar reasons, and so that I can assure that everyone has completed exams before break begins. The Introduction unit tends to be the longest, however this is the time of year that I am establishing my classroom, getting my students to understand their new role as 1:1 iPad students, as well as teaching them about many fundamentals that we use throughout the rest of the school year. I have tried to cut this unit down in the past, but it continues to be an important unit for us and [...]

Observations from the 2014 AP Human Geography Reading

June 11, 2014 // 4 Comments

Once again the AP Human Geography reading was a success. I still firmly believe that this group pf 500+ teachers and professors have GOT to be the most extraordinary and interesting people than any other group of readers. The stories that we all overhear while riding up the escalator for lunch are unbelievable and  inspires me to keep pushing to be a better teacher than I was yesterday. Never mind the 1125 free response questions that I graded- this is by far the best professional development that I can ever get. I am very thankful for a productive professional development night, and all of the other “professional development” nights outside of the convention center. After pondering the rubric that we used for grading and discussing it with my table, I decided to do some further research into the previous years and see what types of verbs that the FRQ test requests the students to answer. Some of my findings were interesting and provoked more thought while others were [...]
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