Teacher, AP US History, AP Research,
& Economics at Novi High School.
College Board Consultant, AP US History.
Co-Director, Novi AP Summer Institute.
Contributor, Pearson's By the People.
HEY, IT'S FUN TO THINK LIKE A HISTORIAN.
I help students think and write for the APUSH Exam (and beyond!).
I also help teachers help their students.
Explore historical thinking resources and more below.
Let's work together and make history extraordinary!
HISTORICAL THINKING RESOURCES
You know that stuff in the beginning of teacher guides that no one reads? Maybe we should!
The College Board's APUSH framework flat-out tells us the premise of the course and exam, explaining that that in APUSH "Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians."
This is a one reason why historical thinking is at the core of my teaching and professional development. The bigger reason is that the thinking and writing that make up the practice of history empower kids.
I have been teaching AP US History at Novi HS in Novi, MI for almost 20 years. At the core of why I teach is the belief that kids can become better thinkers and writers with a little guidance from their history teachers. Writing plays a central role in my APUSH classroom. In addition to a master's in history education, I also have a master's in English with a specialty in writing. All of my education has helped me build my version of APUSH. The key to teaching the course, I tell anyone who will listen, is to help kids think like historians. And it's fun, too!
For professional development, I share insights and lessons from my experience and the latest APUSH Reading, but--as in teaching--PD is not about blasting unsuspecting participants with info followed by more info. My chief goal as facilitator is to help teachers build their courses so their kids can be successful.
Every school year is a new season and I look forward to learning from last year in preparation for the next year. My work and projects below.
Join me in my (sometimes crazy) chase for better history!
"When we study the biographies of our heroes, we learn that they spent years in preparation doing tiny, decent
things before one historical moment propelled them to
center stage to tilt empires."
Danusha Veronica Goska.