Monthly Archives: May 2015

Opting Out

The New York Times is on a mission to ensure the “opt-out movement” gets as much press as needed. My opinion is probably a little uninformed and half-baked, but that’s never stopped me before. The debate about testing and standards and … Continue reading

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How Can You Teach Genocide When You Haven’t Seen the Movie?

As a break between the APWH exam and the Global History and Geography Regents exam in June I am experimenting with a Choices unit on genocide. I need to find the right balance between the Choices lesson structure and my usual class … Continue reading

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The Week After

My students were WAY too confident coming out of the APWH exam. After reading the 2015 Free Response Questions I know why they were confident. I also know why I’m terrified. This year’s questions were incredibly fair and straightforward, although … Continue reading

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The Day After

Over the next few days I must document the range of thoughts and emotions bouncing around my brain about the APWH test – ideas about buy-in, students’ reflections, things I want to keep doing, things I want to change (CCOTs, … Continue reading

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Adulthood’s First Major Obstacle Course

There is a lot I like about David Leonhardt’s op-ed “College for the Masses” in last week’s Sunday Review (I’m a little behind these days), particularly his multiple shots at the “college isn’t for everyone” crowd. As many of our … Continue reading

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