AP® Teacher Communities
Sharing Resources and Advice with an AP Teacher Community
The chance to share resources and ideas with other teachers may be the best thing about being a part of an AP teacher community. Many AP teaching groups have discussion forums or resource libraries where educators can share materials and ideas. Some groups also have collaborative tools that allow for real-time discussions, or the ability to edit and share documents. Of course, it's important to respect other people's intellectual property by giving credit where credit is due and asking permission before using or changing someone else's work.
Online teacher groups are also a good place to ask questions and get help from people who work in the same field. Once you're a member of an AP teacher community, you can start asking questions and seeking advice from others. You can also search a community for previously asked questions or discussions on topics that interest you.
Creating and Leading AP Teacher Groups
Creating and leading an AP teaching community can be a great way to connect with other AP educators while also giving back to the AP community. To start an AP teacher group, an educator must first choose a platform and build up their page, board, or discussion group to their liking. They might choose to create a private Facebook group, a subreddit, or even a Pinterest board. Once they have decided on a platform, they can invite other AP teachers to join their community and start sharing resources and ideas.
Consistency is key to a group’s success, so leaders should be active and responsive. They should try to get group members involved and talking to each other, encouraging people to share their ideas and ask questions. Leaders of an AP community might also want to host virtual meetups or webinars to help more people work together and talk. Creating and leading an AP teaching community can help you develop your leadership skills and give back to the AP teaching community as a whole.
A Note About PLCs
We can't discuss AP teacher community groups without also mentioning professional learning communities (PLCs). Although traditional PLCs are not found on social media sites or in other online communities, they do play an important role in supporting AP educators through in-person data and content discussions. PLCs are simply groups of educators who work together to share knowledge and discuss strategies for student academic success.4 Most teachers participate in formal PLC meetings on-campus with other teachers in their grade-level content team. Vertical PLCs, however, include teachers in the same content area but from different grade levels.5 AP teachers can also create their own PLC groups on their school's campus. During a PLC, teachers can look over student data, set goals, and discuss instructional strategies for the classroom.
Teaching AP courses is rewarding, but it’s also hard. Finding teacher groups, either online or in your own school district, can be a great way for AP teachers to get support, teaching materials, and ideas. These communities help AP teachers connect with other people in the AP education community, which is an invaluable way to improve their skills and reach their full potential.
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