Incorporating the United States into your AP® Comparative Government Course

Ryan DeMarco is an AP® Comparative Government teacher at North Cross School in Roanoke, Virginia. He is also the Global Studies Director and History Department Chair, and additionally teaches AP® U.S. History. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Edinburgh, with a focus on Russian foreign policy. What an exciting …

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Improve Student Engagement by Ditching Classroom Traditions

M. Chad Smith works as science coordinator and biology professor for Beaufort County Community College (BCCC) in North Carolina. He also teaches biology and environmental science courses as online adjunct faculty for Shaw University and Miller-Motte College. He discusses how he keeps his nonmajor biology students engaged by incorporating active learning in his classroom. One …

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Teaching AP® Chemistry with an Atoms-Focused Approach

Robin Licato is a Forensic Science and AP® Chemistry teacher at St. Agnes Academy in Houston, TX. She has taught in public, private, and parochial settings as well as urban, suburban, and rural school districts. She was a member of the task force at the Houston Independent School District for the development of a new …

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Teaching through the Crisis

Benjamin Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Hopkins Center for Advanced Governmental Studies in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the best-selling textbooks We the People, American Government: Power and Purpose, and American Government: A Brief Introduction, among many other publications. Image Credit: Will Kirk/Johns Hopkins University I have been teaching various American …

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Reading Is Fundamental: Using “Entrance Tickets” to Aid Student Learning

Dr. Janis Prince is an associate professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Saint Leo University. She has taught at least 16 unique sociology classes, including the sociology of deviance, gender, race, medical sociology, along with quantitative and qualitative methods. In this blog post, she outlines her unique “Entrance Ticket” …

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Using Role Playing to Keep Students Engaged

As courses have moved swiftly online, many faculty wonder about various ways to keep their students engaged remotely. We’ve invited Amy Curry, chair of history at Lone Star College, Montgomery, to share her experiences with using a role-playing pedagogy, Reacting to the Past, in her history survey courses. Image Credit: Nikky Lawell You’ve been using …

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Teaching Writing in an Age of Misinformation: Q&A with Andrea Lunsford

Andrea Lunsford is emerita professor of English at Stanford University. Her scholarly interests include contemporary rhetorical theory, women and the history of rhetoric, collaboration, style, and technologies of writing. She is the author of Let’s Talk, a new brief composition rhetoric that focuses on listening and civility, in addition to covering the essentials for any …

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Creating Positive Dual Enrollment Experiences: Six Tips for College and High School Teachers

Deborah Bertsch is professor of English at Columbus State Community College (Ohio), where she teaches first-year composition and helps coordinate the English department’s dual enrollment program. Deborah is coauthor of A Guide to Teaching the Norton Field Guides to Writing, Fifth Edition. Photo by Olivia Harris  Dual enrollment. Concurrent enrollment. Dual Credit. Postsecondary Enrollment Options. …

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Teaching the Fault Lines in a Divided America

Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer, the authors of Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974, are award-winning scholars of twentieth-century American political history. Fault Lines grew out of the hugely popular course that they cocreated at Princeton University, The United States Since 1974. Julian ZelizerPhoto by Meg Jacobs The 2020 election has been …

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Behind the Scenes: How Do You Make a Map?

Acclaimed historian John McNeill and Charlotte Miller, a cartographic specialist, discuss how they collaborated to create over 150 original maps for McNeill’s new world history survey text: The Webs of Humankind: A World History. John, in your eyes, what makes a good map? What were your goals for the maps in your new textbook? John …

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