:: 2014 AP* Summer Institutes at UT Austin

AP Human Geography

Institute Code AP14021
July 14 - 17, 2014, 8:00AM to 4:45PM
UT Thompson Conference Center

This class has reached maximum enrollment and registration is now closed.

This session of the AP Summer Institute in AP Human Geography is structured for new and experienced teachers to APHG or those seeking a review of the course and teaching strategies. The session will include an overview of the content and teacher resources. Attention to effective teaching strategies supporting the lecture content and building success on the AP exam will be included. Guest lecturers will provide in-depth discussion on specific content areas intended to help participants gain a broader understanding of the scale of the topics. A special focus on the roles of globalization and development as they apply throughout the curriculum is on the agenda. New materials and resources will be provided to the course participants. Participants are requested to bring a copy of the Human Geography textbook and any favorite samples of the role of globalization as it applies to the APHG curriculum, including readings, maps, news articles or other related materials.

The goals of the four-day session are to assist participants with:

  • Identifying the skills and concepts necessary for successfully teaching an AP Human Geography course
  • Focusing on specific curriculum topics through the use of critical reading, document analysis, essay writing and assessments
  • Instructing students to think geographically, spatially and conceptually across the APHG curriculum.
  • Understanding and applying the broad themes that link the course together.

Participants should bring the following:

  • Human Geography textbook that you use
  • Samples of globalization materials appropriate for the AP level
  • 2 gig jump drive for materials for you or set up a drop box account at dropbox.com
  • Questions and ideas that work for you and your students

Lead Consultant: Ann Linsley

Ann Linsley is from Houston, Texas and has taught at Bellaire High School in the Houston Independent School District for the past 26 years. She teaches IB/AP Geography and IB Environmental Science. Ann earned a Master of Science in GeoScience from Texas A&M University in 2006. She also holds a M.Ed.in Curriculum and GT and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian, from the University of Houston. Ann is a teacher consultant for the National Geographic Society, the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education and College Board. She is the recipient of several national and state awards, teacher of the year recognition and honored with the opportunity to participate in national programs to extend her field work experiences sponsored by NOAA, NSF, NCGE, NGS. Ann has worked with the College Board Geography program since its inception as a reader, writer, consultant and summer institute trainer. Ann was a PolarTrec teacher to McMurdo Station, Antarctica participating in a human impact study of the region with a team from Texas A&M, Dept. of Geography and sponsored by ARCUS/PolarTrec and the National Science Foundation. She is also a National Geographic Fellow and a participant in the NGS Arctic-Svalbard program.

Ann’s focus for her students is to develop a better understanding of the interdependent nature of our actions between man and the environment in an attempt to foster a sustainable world. She believes that students better apply their knowledge when they can be in the field. Fieldwork is a necessity for her courses and encourages her students to follow in the words of Rachel Carson, “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”

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