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Welcome to Mrs. Cantu's website for AP Human Geography and IB Psychology SL!

 

About Mrs. Cantu:

 

I am originally from Coppell, TX (a suburb of Dallas) and graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. While at TCU, I majored in Secondary Social Studies Education and minored in Geography. I received my Master's Degree from TCU in Secondary Social Studies Education with a Geography Specialization. I moved to Houston and spent my first eight years teaching World Geography, AP Human Geography, Psychology, and AP Psychology at Cypress Springs High School in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.  I began reading for the AP Human Geography Exam nine years ago, and the experience gives me a unique perspective on preparing students for the exam in May.


My husband and I now live in Magnolia with our two dogs (Atlas and Guinness) and cat (Juneau).  This is my fifth year at MHS, and in addition to teaching AP Human Geography, I also teach IB Psychology SL.  I sponsor Model United Nations, and am always seeking new Delegates.  I am looking forward to beginning my thirteenth year as an educator at Magnolia High School.  Go Bulldogs!

 

Mrs. Cantu's Schedule:

 

1st Period: Department Chair Conference

2nd Period: IB Psychology SL

3rd Period: AP Human Geography

4th Period: Conference

A Lunch

5th Period: AP Human Geography

6th Period: AP Human Geography

7th Period: AP Human Geography

 

Tutoring:

 

I will be available for tutorials on Tuesday mornings from 6:45 am-7:15 am, and on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 2:45-3:15 pm. Students can also make an appointment with me if those times are not convenient.

 

I can be reached by email at kcantu@magnoliaisd.org, or by phone at (281)356-3572.

 

AP Human Geography:  

 

About the Course:


AP Human Geography is a rigorous course, designed to mirror the equivalent course at the university level. Students will be required to complete readings each week from their assigned college level textbook, and complete other relevant assignments on their own. The course will be focused on preparing students to take the AP Human Geography Exam in May, where if the student earns a high enough score, they could potentially receive college credit. Students should only take the course if they are prepared to do a heavy amount of reading and writing outside of class, and if they understand that taking the AP exam is a course expectation.

 

Topics to be Covered:

 

-Geography: Nature and perspectives (2 weeks)

-Population and Migration (7 weeks)

-Culture: language, religion, ethnicity (8 weeks)                                        

-Political Organization of Space (3 weeks)

-Agriculture and Rural Land Use (3 weeks)

-Industry and Services (3 weeks)

-Urban Land Use and Development (2 weeks)

 

Textbook:  

 

Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture (8th Edition); H.J. De Blij, Alexander B.Murphy, and Erin H. Fouberg; an additional AP Test Review preparation book is also recommended

 

Supplies:


AP Human Geography students need to have the following supplies in class every day:

 

a notebook (must only be used for AP Human Geography; spiral or composition book is fine)

a blue or black pen 

a #2 pencil

a highlighter

colored pencils

a binder to keep handouts and graded work

a set of 8 dividers

notebook paper

textbook (when needed)

 

IB Psychology-Standard Level

 

IB Psychology is a rigorous course, designed to mirror the equivalent course at the university level. Students will be required to complete readings each week from their assigned college level textbook, and complete other relevant assignments on their own. The course will be focused on preparing students to take the IB Psychology Exam in May, where if the student earns a high enough score, they could potentially receive college credit. Students should only take the course if they are prepared to do a heavy amount of reading and writing outside of class, and if they understand that taking the IB exam is a course expectation, either at the Standard Level or Higher Level.  It is also a course expectation that all students complete the Internal Assessment for SL.  

 

Textbooks: Psychology; A. Law, C. Halkiopoulis, and C. Bryan and Psychology for the IB Diploma; J. Crane and J. Hannibal

 

Course Outline:

 

Fall Semester                                              Spring Semester

         

-Research in Psychology                               -The Sociocultural Level of Analysis

-Biological Level of Analysis                          -The Internal Assessment

-Cognitive Level of Analysis                          -Abnormal Psychology

 

 

Advanced Social Sciences Grading Policy for AP and IB Courses:

 

Grading Percentages: Summative-70%, Formative-30%
 
Retesting: Teachers have the discretion to provide remediation opportunities for summative assessments for all students, included but not limited to: test corrections, tutorials, and/or test retakes.
 
Late Work: Late work will only be accepted at the teacher’s discretion.
 
Make-Up Work: The student will be given the same number of days to turn in an assignment as the number of excused school days missed.
 
Missing Work:  Missing assignments will not be accepted.
 
Number of Formative Assignments:  Formative assessments include classwork, homework, and quizzes.  Students will have 6-20 formative grades per 9 weeks period.
 
Number of Summative Assignments:  Summative assessments include major exams, projects, research papers, and unit portfolios.  Students will have three separate major assignments per 9 weeks period.
 

Tutorials:  Teachers will provide tutorials for their student on designated times and days, and by appointment.

 

 

 Connect with Mrs. Cantu:

E-mail: kcantu@magnoliaisd.org

Phone: (281) 356-3572

Mail: 14350 FM 1488   Magnolia, TX 77353-0428

Twitter: @mhs_aphg

AP Human Geography Remind text alerts: text "@aphg20172" to 81010

IB Psychology SL Remind text alerts: text "@h4d7fbc" to 81010

Model UN Remind text alerts: text "@556675" to 81010

 

Travel with Mrs. Cantu to Ireland and Great Britain in July of 2018: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1819817XT?utm_source=link&utm_medium=RC&utm_campaign=sharetrip

 

Travel with Mrs. Cantu to Italy and Greece in July of 2019: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1819821KN 

 

Travel with Mrs. Cantu to Costa Rica in July of 2020: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1948363BC

 

Just announced: We will also be visiting Iceland during Spring Break of 2021!  Sign up is not available yet, but you can visit this website to view the itinerary.  http://www.eftours.com/educational-tour/iceland