|The KC skyline|
|400+ people gathered to get their marching orders on Day 1|
Second, being a reader allows you to understand the exam in a whole new way - and I say that as one who was fairly confident going in that I had prepared my students well in terms of the mechanics of the test. One thing I'll take away, for example, is an importance of communicating to the reader that you just finished taking an AP Psychology course and can "speak the language." I recall numerous examples where the student wrote about the concepts in the question, but in a way that they could have before they ever took the course. Some things to iterate and reiterate next year: use the terms you have learned, define terms (even if it doesn't say define, it can't hurt) and give specific examples to show that you know what you are talking about. Psych teacher Amy Ramponi called her method TAD: Term, Apply, Define.
|The last day - after the tests have all been collected.|
Fourth, I got to meet so many great people! There were those who I've communicated with for years via e-mail but never met in person (like Kent and Chuck), those I've met through the THSP blog (like Virginia), those I met previously at other workshops (like Jen and MikeR), people I've gotten to know through Twitter (like Maria, Bill, Michael and Catherine), people who I'd heard great things about but never met (like Laura) and people I met for the first time (like AmyR and Sarah). And it was especially nice to meet colleagues who said "Oh, I love your blog!"
There's a lot more, but I just wanted to give you a brief overview of what the reading was like from my perspective. For another take, check out Charlie Blair-Broeker's overview of the AP Psych reading from 1994.
Biggest disappointment? I didn't get a photo of THSP moderators Kent, Kristin, Chuck and Rob when we were all under the same roof at the same time! Oh well, there's always next year. (I hope!)
--posted by Steve
(acorn no more!)