John Gunnin

John Gunnin has taught AP* Art History and AP* Studio Art at Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, California for 20 years. He has served as the co-chair of the AP* Art History Development Committee for the College Board. He has also been a question leader for the AP* Art History exam reading. In addition, he has served on the College Board* Curriculum Revision Committee and is one of the authors of the first AP* Art History Curriculum Framework published in 2015. He was named the Orange County Arts Educator of the Year for 2007 and the Corona del Mar High School Teacher of the Year for 2009 and 2016.
APSI Art History with John Gunnin
Course Syllabus
Goal: Address Pedagogy, Content, and Organization to transform your class this coming year.   

1. Introductions: Unpacking an artwork. Who are we and what we want. Overview

2.  AP Courses: Equity and Access, Registration, Promoting your course

3.  Presentation/activity assignment

4.  Course Overview: Discussing Art: Get your feet wet!
• Basics of moving through the course
• The New Course and Exam Description
• Art Historical Thinking skills (8)
• Course Content: The Image Set (10 units)
• Essential Knowledge & Learning Objectives
• Practice: unpacking art works: depth and breadth
• AP Audit & AP Classroom overview 
5. Meet the AP test:
• The new sample questions
• Analyzing and writing MCQ’s (recognizing types of questions)
• Adapting old questions to the new format
• APAH Practice Exam & new sample questions
• Analyzing and writing FRQ’s
• Scoring Practice for FRQ’s
•Review of the AP Art History Reading: What did students ace or bomb?
6.  Starting the year
• Planning & recruiting
• Creating a calendar
• Communicating with students
• The first day & the first week
7. Strategies for teaching skills and content
• Instructional approaches and lesson planning
• Note-taking & Organizers
• Reading assignments, homework, flipping strategies                   
• Sample Unit Tests—MCQ, essay, identification
• Developing Writing skills
• Research methodology
• AP Classroom: Personal Progress Checks
• Reviewing for the Exam: Themes/works, essay topics, and Timelines
8.  Powerful Teaching:  Engaging Students with Exciting Pedagogy
• Designing & Projecting Powerful Presentations: PPT
• How to lead a discussion—practice with a work you know.
• Developing context
• Making Art History fun: Projects to engage student interest.
• Best Practices*
• Work on individual Presentations
9.  Syllabus Design, Sample Syllabi & Pacing Guides

• Syllabus Design & approval
• Daily schemes of work for block & traditional schedule
• Pacing the Year: fill out your master calendar
10.  Using the Museum     Pre-assignments for Skills 5/6
11.  Using Technology
12.  Resources and Textbooks

13.  Post AP test: Ideas for fun and learning

14.  Final Presentations

15:  Summing up, Evaluations and Goodbyes

Class Prep:
What to bring:  Your current syllabus for AP Art History. A list of favorite resources for art history. Three best practices to share with other participants. A laptop computer if possible, plus a storage device.

What to read before the session:  Be familiar with the current Couse and Exam description. Participants will be designing a presentation on one work of art during the session.  Above all, prepare to have fun and learn a lot!