Reframing Extra Credit

“Can I do extra credit to raise my grade?” I hated this question so much as a teacher. It required me to do more work and sometimes felt like it wasn’t a good practice. For a few years, I offered no extra credit because I didn’t have the capacity to grade anymore than I already […]

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Breaking Down Foundational Documents To Make Them More Manageable in an Online World

The AP Government curriculum has nine foundational documents, all of which I’ve written about at some point. Federalist No. 10 Brutus No. 1 The Declaration of Independence The Articles of Confederation The Constitution of the United States (Including the Bill of Rights and following Amendments) Federalist 51 Letter from Birmingham Jail Federalist No. 70 Federalist […]

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Focus on the Outcomes

I received an email this morning that I needed to choose my daughter’s mode of instruction for the 2020-2021 school year by July 10th. (Arizona starts early and the district is on a modified year-round schedule). I froze. Like me, most people are going into this next school year wondering what in the hell they […]

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