28 Jan

Welcome to our class blog!

Here we’ll share our reflections on what and how we are learning in this unique online AP Government course. Look for our first student-authored post on Wednesday, February 8, 2012.

We invite you to return often and read what we write!

For more information on our blogging assignment, please read the “About” page.


Posted by on January 28, 2012 in Editor's Notes


30 responses to “Welcome!

  1. Karen Douse

    January 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I’m looking forward to following your reflections on this course!

    • Mike Gwaltney

      January 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks Karen! We appreciate you taking the time to read the blog, and look forward to the conversations that will develop.
      Mike Gwaltney, Instructor.

  2. Dayna Laur

    January 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Reflection on your learning is paramount to your growth as a student. I look forward to reading your thoughts on the political process!

    • Mike Gwaltney

      January 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks Dayna! You and I are in agreement on reflection, and I can’t wait to see the results with these students.
      We appreciate having you as a reader, and look forward to the conversations!
      Mike Gwaltney, Instructor.

  3. Dave Thomer

    January 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Good luck with the blog and with figuring out this government of ours. See you in February!

    • Mike Gwaltney

      January 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      We really appreciate the good wishes, Dave!
      And hopefully we’ll be able to make some sense of American politics. We’ll need that luck you wished us. 😉
      Thanks for reading.
      Mike Gwaltney, Instructor.

  4. Heather Nadolny (@hnadolny)

    January 30, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Can’t wait to see what the class posts! Good luck. 🙂


    • Mike Gwaltney

      January 30, 2012 at 6:01 am

      Thanks Heather! We hope you enjoy the posts over the next 3 months.

  5. Shawn McCusker

    January 30, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I am eager to follow this discussion. Thanks for sharing the conversation with us.

    • Mike Gwaltney

      January 30, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Thanks Shawn. We’re equally eager for you to participate. We hope you enjoy what the students create.
      Our appreciate for reading the blog.

  6. Kay Conners

    January 30, 2012 at 8:03 am

    As an 8th World Geography/Cultures teacher whose students just started a current events blog, I look forward to you sharing your learning and thoughts. I will have my students comment as we follow along. Excellent site!

    • Mike Gwaltney

      January 30, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Kay – we would love to have your students read and comment! The more participants in our conversation, the more we all benefit. The power of connections in learning is truly remarkable, and it will be great for us all to experience it.
      Looking forward to the discussion!

  7. Steve DeBoer

    January 30, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Thanks for sharing. I’m interested to see how class uses this. Good luck.


    • Mike Gwaltney

      January 30, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Steve, thanks for taking a moment to wish us good luck with our new blog. We hope you’ll return to read often, and participate in discussion.
      Thanks again.
      Mike Gwaltney

  8. Suzie Boss

    January 30, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Thanks for making your thinking visible with your blog. Eager to learn from your reflections.
    Good luck!

    • Mike Gwaltney

      January 30, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Thanks Suzie. We’re happy to have you as a reader, and look forward to learning with you.

  9. Scholastica Travel @ScholasticaInc

    January 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Congratulations on undertaking this project! We hope that it serves as a engaging creative outlet. We look forward to reading the first student post!

    • Mike Gwaltney

      January 30, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Thank you for the comment. I too see this blog assignment as a way for students to think and write creatively. Let’s hope it turns out that way!
      Please do return and read and comment from time to time.
      Mike Gwaltney, Instructor.

  10. SINET/PD 360 (@sinetpd360)

    February 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Looking forward to reading the thoughts and opinions of your students!

    • Mike Gwaltney

      February 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      We’re glad you’re reading! And we hope you’ll engage with us in conversation.
      Thanks for taking the time to comment.
      Mike Gwaltney, Instructor

  11. Angela Cunningham

    February 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    As an APGOV teacher in Kentucky, I can’t wait to read your reflections on this course.

    • Mike Gwaltney

      February 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Thank you, Angela! We’ll really benefit from your perspective, so never hesitate to share them here. As a matter of fact, if you have your students read our posts, we welcome their comments too! Hopefully we can all learn via the connections.
      Thanks for reading, and commenting.

  12. William Chamberlain (@wmchamberlain)

    February 3, 2012 at 4:27 am

    If you ever need someone to put forth a crack pot conspiracy theory, let me know. I will be more than happy to provide one for the students to discuss 😉

    • Mike Gwaltney

      February 3, 2012 at 6:33 am

      Ha, thanks for the offer, William! We’ll keep you in mind. 😉
      Thanks for reading and commenting.

  13. Mary Beverly

    February 7, 2012 at 5:21 am

    I’m looking forward to reading the reflections and seeing how this will work. Thanks for sharing. (I’m an AP GOPO teacher in Virginia.)

    • Mike Gwaltney

      February 7, 2012 at 7:10 am

      Mary, we’re happy you’ll be reading the blog and look forward to conversations that develop along the way.
      Don’t ever hesitate to share your observations and expertise.
      Thank you!
      Mike Gwaltney, Instructor

  14. peterpappas

    February 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

    It was great to Skype with some of you after Obama’s SOTU. Best of luck with new blog – bring it on!

    • Mike Gwaltney

      February 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Thanks, Peter! We appreciated having you join us for the SOTU discussion, and hope you’ll comment from time to time on posts here.

  15. Paul Monheimer

    February 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Looking forward to having my 7th graders comment on the writing in this blog. I’ve already changed their assignment to include posting comments here. Thanks again for all the guidance, Mike.

    • Mike Gwaltney

      February 8, 2012 at 5:53 am

      Thanks Paul! We’re really excited to have you and your students as readers. We hope our reflection pieces are interesting to your kids.


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