This year, I will be teaching AP European History. While I've taught AP U.S., AP World, AP Gov & Politics, and even AP Microeconomics in the past, my main courses have all been Honors level or below for the past decade. Therefore, I am looking for some hints and suggestions. I always advocate against teaching to the test, which causes a dilemma here. At my school, we cover European history in 10th grade. Therefore, my AP kids need to know Greece, Rome, Byz & Iz (Byzantine Empire & Islamic Development), and Medieval Europe to meet NYS' requirements. However, the AP course begins at 1450 A.D. I begin school in September so I do not have that much time at all. How can I reconcile these constraints? I prefer to teach chronologically, but have been toying with the idea of giving a basic overview of Europe prior to 1300 A.D. and starting the course at the Late Middle Ages then progressing forward until the AP Exam. After the exam, I would then go back and teach Europe before 1300 in greater detail. My worries, however, are that I'm doing my students a disservice by teaching them the content out of order. On the other hand, it worries me even more so that they could end up taking the exam without having reached the Cold War in the curriculum. Secondly, I have developed what I hope are good strategies to drive home the content: - Divide up the chapters into sections with questions of my creation; assign sections for homework, spot check the next day (or 2 days) later, but grade at the end of the unit based on accuracy - Give note packets that help organize the content (basically, headings with little bullets underneath to help keep not only the students on track, but me as well); these packets will then be quizzed every Friday (or applicable day) - Provide "Quick List" vocab sheets (basically, the buzz words students need to know for ::shudder:: the test) --> quiz when possible - Collect homework packets two days before test, grade and return; use the day before the test to answer any HW packet questions; then test the next day - Assign essays regularly (at least one in class and one at home per month with the exceptions of December, March, April, May and June) - Assign projects; Socratic Seminars; debates; etc. often I worry, a lot, about details. With my Honors kids, I have time to go in detail and I do quite frequently. However, I am having a hard time differentiating between what's necessary and what's not. Any advice from other teachers--AP or not--is greatly appreciated!