Who are you?
My name is Ms. Weinstein. I teach US History and AP US History (APUSH). This is my 8th year teaching. I went to Binghamton University for undergraduate and Hofstra University for grad school. I grew up on Long Island and now live in Queens.
What’s the Curriculum like? (Pre-Quarantine and Post-Quarantine)?
For both US History classes, we begin with indigenous North America pre-Columbus and end with modern-day America. Pre-Quarantine, students complete a lot of collaborative and group work, as well as discussions and debates. That is a bit of a challenge with remote learning, but I try to incorporate digital discussions as much as I can. I also used a number of digital learning tools before remote learning, like Pear Deck and Quizizz. Throughout the year, students make connections to various historical events and connect them to the modern-day and their own lives.
What is the level of difficulty in the class?
Both classes cover the same information, but APUSH is a college-level class so we go more in-depth and read more complex texts. Students definitely develop their reading, writing, and analysis skills in both of my classes, as reading historical texts and writing about historical trends is essential to learning history!
What tests do students have to take at the end of the school year? (AP or Regents)
Because the US History Regents exam is required for graduation, both US History and APUSH students take the Regents exam in June (normally). APUSH students also have the opportunity to take the National AP Exam in May, which can lead to college credits if certain scores are earned! This is a great opportunity to skip introductory classes once you get to college, save some money, and jump right into taking classes that are of specific interest to you or more aligned to your major.