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Social Studies   ( Week 1 )
Pre-AP Geography (Combined teachers)
Linda Hammon
Target grade(s): high school

Course Description

This course will focus on helping teachers prepare to successfully teach a high school class in Pre-AP World Geography. Using a combination of content presentation, effective teaching strategies and technology, the course will provide an overview of the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped our understanding, use and alteration of Earth's surface. In addition, writing skills and habits of mind that students need to be successful in an AP class will be addressed.

Topics will include the following:
Teaching students to develop case studies using main ideas in the geography curriculum for classroom presentations
•Learn to "Teach Like a Geographer"
•Learn how to pull the geographic concepts together in all realms/scaffolding

Items to Bring

  • Classroom textbook and an atlas
  • Thirty copies of your favorite lesson/units to share (this may be electronic)
  • 4 or 8 GB flash drive
  • The "Pre-AP Vertical Teams Guide" will be provided to you by UT Arlington University.

Biographical Sketch for Linda Hammon

Linda Hammon taught 9th-grade Pre-AP Geography, AP Human Geography and AP Art History at Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas. She had been teaching geography for more than 30 years and had taught Pre-AP World Geography for the past 15. She is currently teaching AP Human Geography at Canyon High School in New Braunfels and is an Adjunct Lecturer, teaching Geography of Africa in the Honors College at Texas State University in San Marcos. She worked closely with the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education as a member of the steering committee and as a teacher consultant for more than eleven years. Linda served on the development committee for the Lighthouse Initiative for Social Studies Classroom for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and the Advanced Placement Program. Ms. Hammon has been a College Board consultant for sixteen years and a reader for the APHG exam for nine.

She was on the TEA state committees for the new EOC/STAAR for World Geography since the first meeting to develop the blueprint for the course. She has served on TEA state committees for the EOC/STAAR for World Geography and on the EOC/STAAR standard-setting committee to make recommendations about where the STAAR performance standards were to be set on the EOC assessment.

She has received numerous honors including the National Council for Geographic Education Distinguished Teaching award, two National Council for Geographic Education/CRAM awards for exemplary classroom teaching, the Comal Independent School District Secondary Teacher of the Year award, Austin ISD High School Teacher of the Year award, the Southwest Texas State University Geography Department Distinguished Alumni award and the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education's Distinguished Service award. For the last 6 years she has been recognized as one of Comal ISD's most influential teachers by a Canyon High School graduating senior. Ms Hammon holds a BS in geography and art and a Med in curriculum and instruction and applied geography.


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