For those wanting to see the tunnels up close and learn their history

The story of the Donner Pass Tunnels is one of the great stories of American history. It’s also one of the least known.

Below, some basic information relating to the tunnels.

  • The Donner Pass Tunnels sit at 7000 feet above sea level in California’s High Sierra Mountains, with each of…

And where I stand on the issue

Given that Jason Kurtenbach, my San Marino High School principal, has recently invited the teachers to speak up on the issue of the 2022–23 bell schedule and that this invitation will certainly lead to a discussion relating to “the call for block,” I…

And my students business plan — Ethan’s Guitar Shop

In my AP Macroeconomics course this past semester, I challenged my students.

“Assume,” I said, “that you have inherited $10,000 and, with that money, plan to start a small business.”

One of my students, Ethan C., readily accepted my challenge and…

And my students’ AP Daily resemblance videos — Topics 1.3 and 2.7

In my Macroeconomics course this past semester, I challenged my students.

“Assume,” I said, “that you been hired by College Board to produce a Macroeconomics AP Daily resemblance video, with this video to correspond in appearance or qualities…

For high school leaders contemplating the adoption of some form of block scheduling

Throughout my entire thirty-three-year teaching career, I’ve repeatedly heard the call — the traditional bell schedule, consisting of five-to-eight, 40–55 minute, meeting-daily class periods, should be replaced with a bell schedule consisting of longer class periods that…

Peter Paccone

High school APUSH teacher with much in-class and online teaching experience. Also a blogger, keynote speaker, editor, podcast host, and conference presenter.

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