AP Summer Institute

Hosted at St. Johnsbury Academy

Visible Sessions:    July 8 July 15 July 22

Calculus AB

Session 1: Eliel Gonzalez

Session 2: Eliel Gonzalez

Session 3: Eliel Gonzalez

In this institute participants will experience a complete overview of the new AP Calculus AB curriculum frameworks with emphasis on appropriate use of graphing calculator, content and pacing, and global review for the AP exam. We will also review content and pedagogy in the following topics: related rates, area/volume, differential equations/slope fields, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, implicit differentiation, L’Hopital’s Rule and other topics. A special focus on assessment and motivation will help participants incorporate new strategies to build a successful AP Calculus program.Participants are asked to bring a graphing calculator.

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Calculus AB Experienced

Session 1: Vic Levine

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Not Offered

This course is designed for teachers who have already taught the AB curriculum and are comfortable with the AP program. The AB curriculum will be reviewed, with an emphasis on the topics the participants desire. We will look at proofs of the basic theorems of AB calculus, as well as more in depth explorations of differential and integral calculus applications.
In addition, we will look at first semester college calculus topics that are not part of the AB curriculum. The specific topics will be determined by the group.

These sessions will cover all topics on the Calculus AB syllabus which includes limits and continuity, definition of the derivative, applications of the derivative, rate of change, Mean Value Theorem, Riemann sums, the definite integral by geometric and analytic means, average value, anti-differentiation,, applications of integration, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, slope fields, applications of anti-differentiation and separable differential equations.

This institute will focus on the content knowledge described in the AP syllabus as well as techniques and ideas for developing a successful AP program. We will cover topic content, strategies, and teaching techniques for presenting the material for student understanding will be shared. We will use multiple representations graphical, numerical, analytic, and verbal to foster a more complete understanding of calculus.

Sample problems from previous AP exams will be given and solved together to develop an understanding of the material and the College Board philosophy. Participants will also receive a variety of classroom tested activities and calculator programs to enhance their own teaching. We will discuss ways to prepare students for the AP exam. Participants will also get several current textbooks and resource materials. Instructors will be sharing their extensive files.

Participants should bring a TI 83/84 graphing calculator and a laptop as we will look at many free web-based resources. St. Johnsbury does provide free internet access in the classrooms and dorms.

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Calculus BC

July 15
Vic Levine

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Vic Levine

Session 3: Not Offered

This workshop will cover all of the BC curriculum, with an emphasis on infinite series, approximations, parametric relationships and concepts dealing with infinity. Participants will be solving AP free response and multiple choice questions, as well as learning how the free response questions are scored. We will discuss teaching strategies and investigate resources found on the Web. The recent curriculum re-write will be addressed, as well as any other issues that the participants want discussed.

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Computer Science A

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Maria Litvin

The course accommodates participants with different levels of familiarity with Java and OOP. We will study classes and objects, constructors and methods, interfaces and inheritance, strings, arrays and ArrayList, and other topics specified in the AP CS Course Description. We will also review the College Board’s AP materials, work with the “Magpie,” “Pictures,” and “Elevens” labs, recommended by the Development Committee, review the free-response questions from the latest AP CS Exam, and discuss techniques for teaching Java in high school (role play, team projects).

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Computer Science Principles

Session 1: Jacqueline Corricelli

Session 2: Sandy Czajka

Session 3: Not Offered

This workshop is designed for beginning (new) as well as experienced teachers to introduce you to College Board’s newest computer science course called AP CS Principles. This course is a broad introduction to computer science designed to improve access for all students. We will focus on the 7 Big Ideas for this course: Creativity, Abstraction, Data and Information, Algorithms, Programming, The Internet, and Global Impact. We will emphasize specific teaching strategies to accomplish each of these tasks in a diverse learning environment and how to recruit students to ensure diversity. We will discuss in detail the structure of the AP CS Principles Assessment including the two Performance Tasks (administered throughout the school year) and the Multiple Choice exam. Scoring rubrics will be utilized. We will use various sites to explore computer science, organize workshop materials, and to collaborate throughout this week.

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Statistics

Session 1: Laura Marshall

Session 2: Brendan Murphy

Session 3: Brendan Murphy

The objectives of this weeklong workshop are straightforward: to help our participants do a better job teaching AP Statistics and to improve their students’ scores on the AP Exam.

We will examine the College Board’s outline of topics and course philosophy, discuss the course expectations, and share strategies for success on the AP exam. Additionally, we will review and clarify important concepts in Statistics and provide guidance and answer questions about the subject matter. We will also explore pedagogy, looking at sample lessons, classroom activities, effective demos, and possibilities for projects. Finally, we’ll look at a variety of resources, including textbooks, calculators, videos, software, and other materials.

Whether you are new to AP Statistics or a veteran educator, you’ll come away with lots of valuable insights (and have fun, too)!

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