Overheard at APAC: AP® World History Teacher Cherie Pinchem
Overheard at APAC: AP® World History Teacher Cherie PinchemAbby Hexter, Assistant Director, Member Communications, The College Board
Name: Cherie Pinchem
Subject: AP® World History
School: Boston Latin School, Boston, MA
Why are you attending the AP Annual Conference this year?
I attend every year. This is one of the best professional development opportunities that my school district pays for. APAC is not just about the content I teach in my World History class, but about the things I hear from my fellow teachers in other subjects. I am able to see connections across disciplines instead of staying isolated within my own classroom.
What is one thing you have learned so far?
I have learned AP world history is kicking ass. The number of students taking the course is growing, and exam scores are growing as well. It’s a hard course to teach—there is so much content. Seeing that my students are doing better makes the hard work pay off.
What will you bring back to your school?
I will share with my colleagues that we have more in common than we tend to think. We’re all teaching the high level students, but perhaps there needs to be more collaboration—what you’re doing in your chemistry class I can use in my world history class. Collaboration is important. The students know it and express that all the time; that what they learned in their English class applies to what I’m teaching them in World History. It’s helpful when we can make connections across disciplines.
Anything else you want to add?
I’ll probably go back and refine my lesson plans. I want to make sure it’s not just about a test—learning in AP goes beyond the classroom and the test. That’s my focus.