Three Things We Learned from AP Students at APAC
Three Things We Learned from AP Students at APACAndrew Elwell, Director, Communications
To close out the 2016 Advanced Placement Annual Conference, students from the 2016 AP Districts of the Year shared with attendees their experiences in the AP classroom, the challenges they faced in planning for college, and what they’re looking forward to as they begin the next chapter in their lives. Here are three things we learned:
- Try new ways of teaching: Marlen Saucedo from Denver Public Schools encouraged audience members to go beyond traditional teaching methods to reach their students, recalling that her most engaging classes brought the subject to life and immersed her in the topic. “You don’t have to teach from a text book. You don’t have to lecture. There are so many ways to teach your students,” she said.
- Share your struggles: Students know that teachers often struggle just as much as – if not more than – students. “Be human,” said Clifton Lovealoy of Columbia Heights High School in Minnestoa. The AP District Award students all echoed Clifton’s sentiments, noting that they felt more empathy and engaged with their teachers when they opened up to them.
- Remember why you teach AP: “You all chose to teach AP for the same reason that students take it, because you are up for the challenge,” said Branson Rideaux of J. Sterling Morton High School in Illinois. The students appreciated feeling like they were “all in this together” with their teachers.
See highlights from this year’s AP Districts of the Year: