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Editor's Note from Susan Richman: We are already starting to get ready for our next year of PA Homeschoolers AP Online classes -- you can click on our website link above or just go to: www.aphomeschoolers.com. We'll be getting course descriptions for next year all updated soon-- and hope there might be a course that will be a great fit for one of *your* homeschool teens. All of our AP Online course websites are of course password protected, and only registered students can access them, protecting student privacy at all times. Taking one of our AP Online classes can help homeschoolers be very well prepared for taking Advanced Placement exams, given by the College Board each May at public or private school testing sites-- and students with strong scores earn credit at most colleges, and get a headstart on college level learning. Our students also love the interaction they have with other homeschoolers in their class-- and the students definitely spur each other on to strong learning. We enroll homeschool students from all across the nation-- and even homeschoolers living abroad!
I'm also delighted to introduce you to our newest PA Homeschoolers AP Online teacher, Molly McMahon-- I could tell right away in our communications that Molly will be a great online teacher with our program, and I know this new course offering might be just the thing for many students.
My name is Molly McMahon, and I am very excited to participate in the PA Homeschoolers
community by teaching AP Environmental Science!
I have a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Master’s in Science Education. I have been teaching in a
traditional school setting for the past nine years. Over the years, I have been supplementing
classroom instruction with online teaching materials and assignments. Last year, I was
surprised to discover students at my school had accessed my online materials without actually
enrolling in the course. I am always happy to assist ambitious and intellectually curious
students, and I communicated with them only through the online course. I was pleased to
see their excellent results on the AP test last May. This experience convinced me that online
teaching is extremely effective and inspired me to seek out additional opportunities to work with
more students in this manner.
I am very passionate about teaching this course for reasons that may surprise you. AP
Environmental Science covers a wide variety of topics that are not typically covered in any
other science or social studies course but are certainly applicable to our everyday experiences.
Units include understanding sources of energy that power our homes, farming practices that
provide our food, and treatment systems that clean our water. There are no right or wrong
answers in AP Environmental Science. In this course, we discuss trade offs and understand
that there are rarely simple solutions to complex issues. Finally, AP Environmental Science
is truly ‘science’ in that it is only our current understanding of intricate systems. Skepticism is
a critical component in applying the scientific method and analyzing data. Critical thinking is
encouraged and greatly appreciated.
Students do not need a particular aptitude in science to be successful in AP Environmental
Science. In fact, I often encourage students with interests in the humanities to take this
particular science course. Successful students in AP Environmental Science enjoy reading,
writing, and are capable of presenting arguments for both sides of a particular issue.
I am looking forward to guiding you through the fast-paced, timely, and fascinating AP
Environmental Science curriculum!
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