Postings by Waylon Lewallen

What I Learned Teaching APUSH 2014-2015 Part Two

Waylon Lewallen is an APUSH teacher at Spring Hill High School, Hope, Arkansas.
Part Two Last week I discussed my experiences retooling the APUSH course to meet the new mandates set by the College Board. This week, I’ll talk about my experience as a table leader at the APUSH reading.Read More »
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What I Learned Teaching APUSH 2014–2015 Part One

Waylon Lewallen is an APUSH teacher at Spring Hill High School, Hope, Arkansas.
As teachers around the nation begin their summer filled with professional and staff development, school improvement meetings, curriculum planning, as well as anxiously awaiting the results of the year’s standardized tests, one item (for many) tends to take precedent: How did my students fare on the Advanced Placement tests? For those of us who teach Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH), the doubts and worries go much deeper than test scores. It is: “Did I teach my students correctly according to the new APUSH redesign?”“Are we preparing correctly?”Read More »
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What’s happening to the APUSH course and exam? Part Two

Waylon Lewallen is an APUSH Teacher at Spring Hill High School, Hope, Arkansas.Last week I discussed the changes to the APUSH course and promised a further discussion about changes to the exam.The AP US History exam is three hours and 15 minutes long and includes both a 100-minute multiple choice/short answer section (Part I) and a 95-minute free response section (Part II). Each section is divided into two parts.Read More »
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