:: 2014 AP* SUMMER INSTITUTES AT UT AUSTIN
Pre-AP Middle School Social Studies
for New Pre-AP Teachers
This Pre-AP Social Studies session will focus on creating a middle school curriculum anchored in the skills, concepts, and habits of mind needed for success in Advanced Placement History and Social Science courses, because that’s what Pre-AP is most fundamentally intended to do. More importantly, though, it will explore the extent to which Pre-AP skills and a Pre-AP mindset can push most if not all students further along the road to success in all its many forms.
The goals of the four-day session are to assist participants through:
- Practical, usable, classroom-ready ideas for both effective content acquisition and a gradual shift of responsibility for learning onto our dear students.
- ‘Doing’ more than ‘Listening’, so we can better determine what will and won’t work in our classrooms, with our students (not merely what might work in someone else’s classroom with their kids).
- Brief discussions of pedagogy, Pre-AP philosophy, and developmental learning theories. (Don’t worry, seriously – this part is concise and intended to be practical, not tedious and theoretical.)
- Idealistic forays into making information ‘stickier’ for students, in hopes that our long-term academic and life goals for them don’t have to perpetually conflict with test-readiness and other realities of public education.
Participants should bring the following:
- Your best lesson plan or idea (in hopes we’ll have time to share)
- Your greatest challenge, insecurity, or weakness in the classroom (don’t worry—we’ll be gentle)
- Something to write with and on for various activities
Lead Consultant: Dallas Koehn
Dallas Koehn has taught various Social Studies and History classes of all ability levels at Union Public Schools in Tulsa, OK, for 14 years. He has been a consultant for the College Board for 10 of those years and has helped lead his department in implementing Pre-AP strategies at all levels (a work always “still in progress”). Dallas has worked with both the State Social Studies and Fine Arts Conference and numerous school districts in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas to throw as many starfish back in the ocean as possible - whether they wish to go or not. He is National Board Certified and is fairly tolerable after enough caffeine.
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- What is Pre-AP?
- Practicing Inquiry (Asking Good Questions)
- Primary Sources / Basic Document Analysis
- Charts, Graphs, and other Visuals – I Know, Right?
- Reading Strategies in Social Studies
- Content Crunching – Main Ideas, Inner Voices, and Colored Pencils
- Understanding Historical Argument and “Evidence”
- Writing a Basic Thesis Sentence
- The ABC’s of FRQs and DBQs
- Content Review Strategies & Purposes
- The AP Exam - What It Is & Why It Matters
- Peer Sharing – Best Lesson Plans & Deepest Insecurities
- Wrap-Up and Going Forth Boldly