:: 2014 AP* Summer Institutes at UT Austin

Pre-AP High School Geography for Experienced Pre-AP Teachers

Institute Code AP14023
July 21 - 24, 2014, 8:00AM to 4:45PM
UT Thompson Conference Center
This institute is now closed for registration.

Designed for experienced Pre-AP Geography teachers seeking to expand their knowledge of concepts and teaching strategies, this course will look at providing in-depth discussion of specific content areas to help participants gain a broad understanding of the various topics. Attention will be paid to modeling lessons, and various teaching resources. Participants will be encouraged to share best practices and to learn from one another and the workshop leader.

Topics will include the following:

  • Thinking geographically, globally, spatially, and conceptually
  • How to use case studies in a Pre-AP class
  • An examination of the cultural landscape
  • An introduction to some of the ways in which the study of art works can contribute to the development of geographical themes and practices. (Field Trip to the Blanton)

What participants should bring:

  • Classroom text currently used and an atlas
  • Sample of materials from your Pre-AP Geography class
  • 4 or 8 GB flash drive
  • Digital photographs or artifacts of your local cultural landscape
  • Two favorite Pre-AP Geography lesson plans to share (these may be electronic)


Lead Consultant: Linda Hammon

Linda Hammon taught 9th-grade Pre-AP Geography, AP Human Geography and AP Art History at Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas. She had been teaching geography for more than 30 years and had taught Pre-AP World Geography for the past 16. She is currently teaching AP Human Geography at Canyon High School in New Braunfels and is an Adjunct Lecturer at Texas State University Honors College in San Marcos. She worked closely with the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education as a member of the steering committee and as a teacher consultant for more than eleven years. Linda served on the development committee for the Lighthouse Initiative for Social Studies Classroom for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and the Advanced Placement Program. Ms. Hammon has been a College Board consultant for fifteen years and a reader for the APHG exam for seven.

She has been on the TEA state committees for the new EOC/STAAR for World Geography since the first meeting to develop the blueprint for the course. During the last four years she has served on TEA state committees for the EOC/STAAR for World Geography and on the EOC/STAAR standard-setting committee to make recommendations about where the STAAR performance standards should be set on the EOC assessment.

She has received numerous honors including the National Council for Geographic Education Distinguished Teaching award, two National Council for Geographic Education/CRAM awards for exemplary classroom teaching, the Comal Independent School District Secondary Teacher of the Year award, Austin ISD High School Teacher of the Year award, the Southwest Texas State University Geography Department Distinguished Alumni award and the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education’s Distinguished Service award. For the last 6 years she has been recognized as one of Comal ISD’s most influential teachers by a Canyon High School graduating senior. Ms Hammon holds a BS in geography and art and a Med in curriculum and instruction and applied geography.

She has received numerous honors including the National Council for Geographic Education Distinguished Teaching award, two National Council for Geographic Education/CRAM awards for exemplary classroom teaching, the Comal Independent School District Secondary Teacher of the Year award, Austin ISD High School Teacher of the Year award, the Southwest Texas State University Geography Department Distinguished Alumni award and the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education’s Distinguished Service award. For the last 6 years she has been recognized as one of Comal ISD’s most influential teachers by a Canyon High School graduating senior. Ms Hammon holds a BS in geography and art and a Med in curriculum and instruction and applied geography.


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