Meet your AP Human Geography Consultant for WaltonAPSI Event 3 June 24-27, Ken Keller
Other options to attend AP Human Geography include: In-Person June 18-21, 2024 with Ken Keller • Online June 18-21, 2024 with Consultant Max Lu
Kenneth H Keller is an instructor of Advanced Placement (AP) Human Geography at George Walton Comprehensive High School in Marietta, GA. He has taught the course since its inception in 2000-2001.
He is currently a question leader for the operational exam at the APHG scoring/reading in Cincinnati, OH and has also worked in other multiple roles at the reading since 2002. Ken is a past member of the AP Human Geography Test Development Committee (2006-2010). He served as President of the National Council for Geographic Education during the year 2019.
He has been teaching AP Human Geography weeklong summer institutes and one day workshops for teachers since 2004. He is also a 2004 recipient of a NCGE Distinguished Teaching award. Ken is also Past-President of the Connecticut Council of Social Studies. He also taught as an adjunct professor of Geography for five years at Western Connecticut State University. He took on other various positions related to geography education during his time teaching at Danbury HS, Danbury, CT before relocating to Georgia in August, 2013.
Ken is one of three co-founders of iScore5 LLC, an AP test prep app for smart devices. Ken is also one of the co-authors of Human Geography for the AP Course from Bedford, Freeman and Worth which corresponds directly with the course CED. Published, January 2021.
APSI Session Description for AP Human Geography
What can you expect from this session?
- We will come to understand the course in general
- Goals of the course
- Using the AP Central website for AP Human Geography
- Completing the course audit
- Using the Course and Exam Description (CED)
- The importance of the course SKILLS
- Pacing, textbooks, and syllabus
- We will deconstruct the 3 big ideas of the course and learn how to help students use them to “Think geographically.”
- We will examine the 5 skill categories outlined in the CED to understand the role they should play in teaching the course:
- Content Understanding
- Spatial Relationships
- Source Analysis
- Data Analysis
- Scale Analysis
- We will do “deep dives” into each of the seven content units of the course. During these analyses we will uncover the hidden curriculum which is not explicit in the CED.
- We will learn instructional strategies specific to each of the skill categories and receive sample lesson activities which use them.
- We will use application activities to understand several of the key geographic models identified in the CED.
- We will explore key resources beyond the textbook (and how to use them) necessary to teach the course: outside readings (and how to adapt them) and internet resources (some rich in information, other just plain cool).
- We will learn how to best use AP Classroom and the Question Bank.
- We will learn how to write and use multiple choice and free-response questions as an instructional technique in the classroom.
Additionally, a number of optional readings will be shared with participants that provide content background. These include book chapters, articles, and the writing of notable geographers that will strengthen the geographic perspective of any instructor.