Tuesday, January 14, 2014

AP Calculus Wall

Last year or so I saw our AP English teacher had pictures (with AP Exam score) up of previous kids who had passed the AP exam. I thought it was a great idea and could be an archive of our history and an incentive and reminder for the "current" students. My issue was that I couldn't see how she managed to get pictures of the students after July. Nothing seemed efficient or manageable. Yes, I could have asked her, but there it is.

My vision is that after each exam is finished, the following year the "Wall of Fame" is added to with new pictures and new scores. I know this is not a new idea, and I'm sure I saw this idea somewhere before.

I'm thinking that the following may work for me. Some time in the beginning of each year school year, when students are still well rested and fresh, and we're not too into curriculum, I take everyone's picture with a blank placard, something like this:

Then after I see who passed the exam, I print those pictures and write their score with a sharpie .... or HOLD THE PHONES ... I could even edit the pictures, so not everyone has a white ball face (joke). 

Anyway, I'm excited about this, and soon the little cherubs will be in my camera roll.


  1. Anonymous6:35 PM

    Doesn't posting kid's pictures with grades violate FERPA?

  2. Good point, but if I get the students' written permission, then it's okay. Of course I'm only posting the passing scores of students who approve.

  3. I LOVE your blog! So many great ideas, and you are such a REALISTIC teacher! I have shared your blog with all my colleagues and they all agree with me! You ROCK! Keep up the great work!

  4. Thanks, Carrie. I'm glad you find it useful and I'm not teaching in a vacuum.