Human Geography

July 5 - July 8, 2022
Instructor: Paul Gray

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Teachers will review course content, lesson strategies, and resources for teaching each of the major course topics. The workshop will focus on effective teaching strategies, activities, and the teacher and student preparation necessary for success in the AP® human geography course and exam. Upon completion of the institute, participants should be able to begin developing their own course outline, syllabus, assessment tools, and effectively use AP® Classroom. The workshop will be interactive and discussion-oriented. Teachers are encouraged to interact actively throughout the week. No participant question or comment should be considered too small or too complicated.

This course will focus on setting up the AP® Human Geography (APHG) classroom and strategies for first-time teachers. Experienced APHG teachers should bring their perspectives and lesson ideas to assist new teachers. Both new and experienced APHG teachers will come away with ideas, materials, and approaches which will enable them to be successful in teaching the course. All participants will discuss the seven units of instruction, available resources, and strategies and techniques to use in the APHG classroom.

Topics will include the following:

  • AP® Access and Equity
  • AP® Course Audit
  • AP® Classroom
  • Qualifications for Teaching APHG
  • Building an AP® program at your school
  • Student development for AP®
  • Navigating and effectively utilizing the APHG Course Articulation
  • Teaching the content of the APHG Course and Exam Description
  • Using multiple textbooks and supplementary materials
  • Technology and online methods and resources
  • Using photographs, signage, and other real-world geographies
  • Thinking geographically, spatially and applying academic materials to real-world examples
  • Professional development (e.g., AP® reading, conferences) and organizations (e.g., NCGE, NCSS)

Course Outline

  1. Thinking Geographically
  2. Population and Migration Patterns and Processes
  3. Cultural Patterns and Processes
  4. Political Patterns and Processes
  5. Agriculture and Rural Land-Use Patterns and Processes
  6. Cities and Urban Land-Use Patterns and Processes
  7. Industrial and Economic Development Patterns and Processes.
    • Field Work, Field Trips, and Class Research Projects
    • Constructing rigorous exams and the AP® Exam
    • AP® Exam preparation, methods, and materials
    • Student preparation for the APHG Exam

Items to Bring

  • Your copy of the APHG Course and Exam Description
  • Textbook you use (if you have one)

About the Instructor:

Paul Gray has taught social sciences and humanities for the past 29 years and AP® Human Geography since 2000 at Russellville High School in Russellville, Arkansas, where he is chair of the social sciences and humanities department. He also teaches world religions, the Educators Rising program, and coaches the Quiz Bowl team. Gray has been a visiting instructor of human and regional geography at Arkansas Tech University. He has been a reader, table leader, question leader, and exam leader at the AP® Human Geography reading for the past 22 years and has presented at numerous geographic conferences throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Gray is a former member of the AP® Human Geography test development committee.

In 2008, Gray was named Arkansas Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas Department of Education. He was selected as the 2008 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow by the National Geographic Society and traveled on a National Geographic expedition to Antarctica. Gray received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) in 2003 and was named Russellville High School’s teacher of the year in 2004 and 2008. He was elected and served as the 2013 President of the NCGE.

Gray is co-author of the AP® teacher’s edition of the Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture textbook by Fouberg and Murphy, published by Wiley. He is also a co-founder and partner of the iScore5® apps which produces AP® exam prep games and materials for AP® human geography, psychology, world history, U.S. government/politics, and United States history. Gray has served on the standing committee of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in geography. He was also a committee member on the writing team of Geography for Life, the second edition of the national geography standards and member of the writing team of the Road Map for the 21st Century Geography Education Project's Instructional Materials and Professional Development Committee. Gray was also a member of the College Board's Instructional Design Team for AP® human geography.

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