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European History

July 6 - 10
: Benny Parakkadan

This workshop is highly recommended to keep yourself updated to meet the requirements of the most recent AP® European History redesign and new developments created to aid AP® European history teachers launched in 2019-2020.

This workshop will be tailored to meet the needs of both new and experienced teachers in AP® European History and participants will have the opportunity to:

  • consider ways to retool their classroom instruction to align with elements of the new AP® European History exam and curriculum requirements.
  • examine approaches to formulating units and activities for instruction.
  • review AP® History disciplinary practices and reasoning skills.
  • gain insights on the construction of multiple choice questions and techniques for students to handle them.
  • compare the value of theme-based versus concept-based strategies in classroom instruction.
  • reflect on developmental strategies for classroom instruction.
  • discuss strategies and methods to improve essay writing (thesis development, sourcing, analysis, and reasoning).
  • share and reflect on challenges, helpful resources, and best practices.
  • participate in activities to standardize them to the scoring requirements of the exam.
  • obtain samples of useful materials and tools that they might want to consider for classroom use.

About the Instructor

Benny Parakkadan

Benny currently teaches AP® European History and U.S. I Honors. He has been a reader of the AP® European History exam for about a decade. He also has close to 20 years of experience in testing overall, from working as a content reviewer of European History for Kaplan to SAT classes for both Math and English for Princeton Review and Kaplan. He has been honored with many student-initiated awards (MIT’s “most influential” teacher, Univ of Chicago’s “Outstanding Teacher” Award), has been recipient of multiple NEH seminars, and honors as a coach (Edison Chamber of Commerce World Achievement Award and two Omer Awards). Related and outside of the academic setting, Benny is involved with his students as a coach of a competitive club focused on developing creativity called Odyssey of the Mind. In the past, he has been an advisor and participant in Habitat for Humanity, a history and film club, an Ultimate Frisbee club, and an International Club. He has had numerous student teachers and has held workshops for teachers, ranging from personality assessments to organizing instructional units for history. He is very service-oriented and is always looking for ways to empower both students and teachers.

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