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    Aug 20, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    AP human geography is by far one of the most applicable courses in any course a student could take in high school. After taking the course, I now have a newer understanding of the functioning of the community around me, such as the movement of people, the availability and transformation of jobs, the infrastructure of cities, and the language and culture of those living within. This course teaches that there is an important history behind what humans do, from things as simple as the naming of towns, to the "cultural landscaping" that occurs as a result of human activities affecting the surface of the Earth. What is learned in this class relates directly to the real world, so that a student is always learning, even outside of the classroom. Elements of human geography become apparent in daily life, such as in construction of a reservoir on a river, or the location of certain businesses on a city map, or even in a foreign language heard on the street. For these reasons, I consider AP human geography a brilliant and insightful course that I would recommend to many.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course was the process of learning something in the class, underestimating its importance, and then later finding its importance in the world around me. In one particular example, we learned about how Mediterranean climate regions were excellent regions for growing figs, grapes, and olives. This summer I traveled to Lebanon, which has a Mediterranean climate, to visit family. My grandfather happened to own fields of land clustered with olive and fig trees, and parts of the garden by the house was shaded by grape vines spreading on special wire structures above the ground. I had a moment of recollection that this was exactly what I had learned in human geography a few months prior. This was not the only example. Others included instances where I noticed why the houses in my neighborhood are arranged the way they are, why so many of the words I learned in Spanish class tied into my knowledge of other languages, and even why different produce is available in my grocery store at different times of the year. The class gave me enjoyable new perspectives of the world around me.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    In order to succeed in this course, all you need to do is enjoy it. Take a minute to think about how the lessons relate to you, and why they matter. Enjoy reading the textbook, as if it were an interesting article you found in a magazine, or an educational video you found online. As long as you genuinely enjoy learning what the class has to offer, you will never have to work hard to do well.

    • Spring 2017
    • Coach Killingsworth
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    Mar 21, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Mrs. Badillo test and quizzes were very hard, however the way she taught was impressive. No matter how complex the the topic was, she found a way to grow an understand and love the world.

    Course highlights:

    The teacher, she really knew how to bring our creative minds into the topic and she let us have our opinions. She never makes you opinions feel wrong, but she wants us to share it.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Everyone should listen to her lectures and read the PowerPoint. Everything on the PowerPoint is on the test and she is not unfair. She is very understand and loves to hear what you have to say.

    • Spring 2016
    • Badillo
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Group Projects Competitive Classmates
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    Dec 26, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Human geo is pretty interesting. From topics like urban sprawl (our problem isn't overpopulation, but use of resources, my friends) to racial identity (is race just a social construct?), there's something that will spark your interest for sure.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot of funky stuff. Like that race is just a social construct. It's solely defined by the color of your skin (crazy huh? I thought it had something to do with culture). Some countries define three genders as queer theory says we all don't fit in a definite "male" or "female" checkbox. Japan is actually facing a shortage of the youth, due to a multitude of reasons (women are having kids later in life because they're more career minded, girl power! When people aren't farmers, they don't need kids as economic assets. Kids are a drain on money, and we like that single life!).

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make a list of vocab words and their definitions (every vocab word, even big words that aren't bolded). Take the time to understand the concepts, not just memorize the definition. Ask questions! You won't seem dumb. This stuff is all new and changing as society does. Your teacher/professor would probably be happy to answer!

    • Fall 2015
    • Badillo
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments Great Discussions

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