AP and the Call for Grace

  • Grace means not doing anything different until your site and district leaders offer specific guidance or suggestions.
  • Grace means giving students second (and third, and fourth) chances.
  • Grace means curving AP Classroom tests to reflect the green and yellow coded bar system appearing on AP Classroom.
  • Grace means choosing to be in a good mood every day and, if that’s ever beyond you, owning that fact and apologizing to your students.
  • Grace means making an effort to remember students may carry a burden unknown to you, and thus giving them the benefit of kindness.
  • Grace means continually training yourself to look for and celebrate the best in each of your students.
  • Grace means confronting a student who is oppositional or infringes on another’s ability to learn with patience and a restorative approach.
  • Grace means giving your students increased freedom to learn at their own pace, in their own place, and at their own time.
  • Grace means giving those who want to excel and move beyond what they need.
  • Grace means giving those who need a break what they need.
  • Grace means believing in your students as they would like to believe in themselves.
  • Grace means providing your students with as many opportunities as possible to understand and apply what they have learned.
  • Grace means doing what you can to help students get through their challenges rather than simply holding them accountable.
  • Grace means providing students with more support, more time.
  • Grace means helping students be responsible in a different way.
  • Grace means displaying consistently (to paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald) an irresistible prejudice in your students' favor.

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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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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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