I encourage all my future students to continue reading over the summer break. Read about history and visit a museum :)
Required Supplies (these will be used in class everyday):
3 Ring Binder 2 ½ to 3 in (May be shared with other classes)
Pens (blue or black ink only)
Loose Leaf College Ruled Paper
Flash Drive (can be shared with other classes)
Additional Supplies: (these materials will be turned in the first week of school for whole classroom use)
1 pkg. of colored pencils (girls)
1 pkg. of Crayola fine tip markers (boys)
1 pkg. of highlighters (assorted colors)
1 pkg. of index cards (3X5) 100 Count
1 bottle of Germ-X or Purell (boys)
1 box of Lysol or Clorox Wipes (girls)
Sticky Notes (all)
The goal of history classes is to make connections from the past and project it to modern issues to educate the present in order to guide the future.
My Teaching philosophy:
I strongly believe in the core values of personal responsibility, logical analysis, self-reliance, and the ability to exercise free and independent thought. You alone are accountable for your work. In this course, you will be exposed to new and often more complex material that may conflict with your own assessments of the world. The goal of this course is that you expand your mind and appreciate new ideas. Acquiring real knowledge is a painful process, so much of what you will be exposed to will be inconsistent with conventional wisdom and traditionalism. In order to facilitate this painful process of knowledge acquisition, I often at times will play the role of a devil's advocate or will push you to expand on your points and ultimately to expand your mind.
Students possess the free will and the power to learn, to be personally responsible, and to exercise free and independent thought beyond the limitations and constraints imposed on you by conventional and traditional social and political institutions. It is your choice to exercise your free will and to accept your own ability to engage in free and independent thought. If you do, you will do well in this course. It is also your choice to embrace simplicity and ignorance. In this course, simplicity and ignorance will never be rewarded. You must question everything as you will be exposed to new ideas, thoughts, and concepts.
Mr. Brian Stephenson
AP World History students:
Prior students have recommended the following as study aids to keep all the material straight in their minds, as well as being useful reviews both for in-class exams and the AP Exam.