John Gunnin

John Gunnin taught AP* Art History and AP* Studio Art at Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, California. 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 current AP* Art History Curriculum Framework. 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

AP* Art History 
AP* Seminars Silicon Valley Summer Institute 2019
Agenda: Pedagogy, Content, and Organization     
1. Introductions: Unpacking an artwork. Who are we and what we want.    

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

3.  Presentation/activity assignment, Museum visit confirmation

4.  Course Overview: The New Course and Exam Description
• Art Historical Thinking skills
• Big Ideas
• Course Content: The Image Set in 10 units.
• The 8 skills of art history
• Learning Objectives—what students will do
• Essential Knowledge
• AP Audit & AP Classroom

5. Meet the AP test:
 • The new sample questions
• Analyzing and writing MCQ’s (types of questions)
• Adapting old questions
• APAH Practice Exam & new sample questions
• Analyzing and writing FRQ’s
• Scoring Practice for FRQ’s
•The AP Art History Reading: What did students ace or bomb?
6.  Starting the year
• Planning the Course
• 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 the classroom            
• Sample Unit Tests—MCQ, essay, identification
• Developing Writing skills
• Research methodology
• 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
10. Teaching in the Art Museum     Pre-assignments 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!