TUTORING TIMES • Mornings: Monday-Thursday 6:30am. • Wednesdays 2:20 – 2:50 • Other times by appointment
How can you reach me? • Email is best – I check it throughout the day • firstname.lastname@example.org • Telephone – call school and have the receptionist get me a message • 281-997-7445 • Schedule a conference through email or telephone
How can I see what my student is doing (or not doing)? • Check grades/attendance on SKYWARD – login info available in office • Check my teacher web page daily • http://www.pearlandisd.org/webpages/johnsong/ • Homework, updates, handouts, calendar, notes from presentations, etc.
Whap is more than the story of the world...it is a reading and writing course...
What is an A.P. course?The Basics Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) courses are college-level courses offered in high school. AP courses reflect what is taught in top introductory college courses At the end of course, students take AP Exams—standardized exams that measure how well students have mastered college-level course work. Students who do well on AP Exams can earn credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college.
What makes AP Courses different? AP courses demand A LOT of students: • Classes tend to be fast-paced and cover more material than typical high school classes. • More time, inside and outside of the classroom, is required to complete lessons, assignments and homework. • AP teachers expect their students to think critically, analyze and synthesize facts and data, weigh competing perspectives, and write clearly and persuasively.
What you can expect in the course • Intensive reading of Primary sources and the Textbook • Fierce debate around historical & modern issues • Critical and analytical thinking, speaking, and writing • Intensive civic participation, and social awareness • Writing, Writing and more Writing
How is the AP course beneficial for your child? 2) AP improves your college application • Colleges rank “Grades in college prep courses” and “Strength of curriculum” as the top 2 factors in the admission decision.* • 85% of selective colleges report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.** * 2009 State of College Admission, NACAC ** Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research Inc. March 2007
How is the AP course beneficial for your child? 4) AP classes improve chance of success in college * Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely to complete a college degree on time. A recent study* showed students taking AP courses & exams were much more likely to earn a college degree in 4 years. * Students who take AP courses and exams are more likely to earn financial aid, easing the cost burden of college. 31% of colleges and universities consider a student’s AP experience when making decisions about which students will receive scholarships.** • * Linda Hargrove, Donn Godin, and Barbara Dodd, “College Outcomes Comparisons by AP and Non-AP High School Experiences.” The College Board, 2008. • ** Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research Inc. March 2007
How is the AP course beneficial for your child? AP and College Success Students who earn a 3, 4, or 5 on AP Exams have higher first-year college G.P.A.s and are more likely graduate than non-AP students of similar ability.* The skills learned in AP World History prepare you for college because you’ll be in a college class in HIGH SCHOOL! *Krista Mattern, Emily Shaw, and Xinhui Xiong, “The Relationship Between AP Exam Performance and College Outcomes” (2009), The College Board.
Howcan you help your child succeed in AP World History? • Ask questions about their day and ask them to explain what they are learning in each class. • Schedule time for about 1 ½ hours of homework per night, & give your child Space to complete it. • Praise and reward your child when it’s deserved. • Impose healthy eating habits, and make sure they get enough sleep every night. • Read, read, read. Make sure they read every night! • Encourage them to attend extra-help sessions.
Technology • Your student will be very knowledgeable on technology • Multimedia projects may be worked on at home • Can save to • May want to invest in pen/flash drive, will use often during high school career • Wal-Mart prices • Innovera 8 gig - $9.88 up • V7 4 gig - $6.98 • Wintec2 gig - $5.84