There are two things great about teaching AP courses at a private school: 1) Every day I get to teach bright students. 2) I get to teach small classes. The benefit of teaching via the seminar method is that I get to hear what other students have to say about various historical and non historical topics. I have always been a fan of having students sit around a table as equals, this way everyone’s voice is heard. Clearly some students take this responsibility and duty more seriously than others; regardless, the sense of community and respect each student brings to the table makes them a joy to teach. Moreover, these students bring an array of interest and knowledge to the table. They challenge my perspective and sanity almost daily. For some odd reason, they enjoy making fun of me — constantly reminding me of all of the silly things I say. They will not take the AP exam until May, which gives us just a little time to finish the course, order class t-shirts, have a movie night followed by some type of intellectual discussion about the relevancy of the plot, and of course my annual cookout at my house, which allows me to act as if I know how to cook. I am looking forward to hopefully having each one of them again next year in my AP European History class. I think they will find European History to be a little easier than US history. There is less reading, which is always a challenge for students. The exciting part about European history is that I get to introduce students to my research and writing. I hope to blog about my European and World History students later. I usually meet with both sections 2 -3 times a week. Jenna Parrott, a student in my A1 section was not present the day both of these pictures were taken.