Developed for teachers interested in acquiring content and strategies for teaching advanced courses, these seminars will be facilitated by a master teacher and will provide a forum for the exploration and discussion of course content, best practices and instructional strategies.
Designed to integrate the AP World History curriculum into the open-enrollment public school 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 and the five themes covered in an AP World History course. Special focus will be placed on the changes to the 2016-2017 AP World History course, curriculum and test.
Topics will include the following:
+ Establishing and Maintaining College-Level Academic Standards While Making the Course Enjoyable for Students
+ Using Creative Lessons and Activities to Open the Door to Student Confidence and Success and to Address the Issues of, “But my students can’t do this.”
+ Making Art and Culture a Part of Your 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 new 2016-2017 Exam and Preparing Test-Taking Strategies
+ Learning How to Grade the new Essays and short answer questions using the new rubrics.
A National Board Certified secondary social studies teacher, James spends his days teaching AP World History, AP European History and World History to sophomores at The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas. In addition, James serves as the AP Program Facilitator and Coordinator for The Woodlands High School. James volunteers as an AP Advocate, sharing information and statistics to promote AP courses for students of all backgrounds and abilities. 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 over 180 students take the AP World History exam. James is an AP World History exam reader and table leader and loves spending the first week of every summer, in quiet seclusion, with one thousand teachers and professors, reading student-generated essays for eight hours a day. When not corrupting the youth of The Woodlands, James is at home with his pet menagerie, grading essays, working on his computer, watching the Smithsonian Channel, reading books and journals to create historical chaos in his classroom, or devising ways to further torture his students.