Wow! Fall was a whirlwind! I had intended to send out some updates throughout the fall, but the days quickly got away from me. In the interest of keeping everyone in the loop for these last three weeks of school, here's a quick update for what's to come in AP Seminar.
Students worked so hard in the weeks leading up to break! I am so proud of how much time and effort they put into their final mock performance tasks. We have now done a practice run for all four of the digital portfolio entries for the AP Exam. Starting January 9, we will begin the Real Deal. That means the two research papers we write will be uploaded to the students' digital portfolios and scored externally by The College Board. We will also be filming two presentations that will be uploaded and scored as well.
The biggest challenge for this first performance task is the group element. Students formed groups prior to break but will be negotiating all the elements of their presentation throughout January. The best thing you can do to help is ask your students to tell you about their group work and how it's going. They may need some help strategizing how to work together or how to manage everyone's tricky schedules. I'm always willing and able to help with those things in class, but I find it's helpful if parents are aware and ready to help, too.
The papers for this first performance task are due the final week of the semester and the presentations will be filmed the first week of February. All of the requirements, rubrics, and models are available on Schoology. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Mrs. Hattie Maguire