Mathematics

 

Week One: June 23-26, 2014

 

I.  Pre-AP Math for Middle School Teachers: New (1012)

This course will focus on the importance and relevance of mathematics in middle school, and the vertical alignment of concepts within the course to ensure that students will perform well in high school AP courses.

Topics will include the following:

  • Use a multi-representational approach to help teachers look at problems analytically, graphically, numerically and verbally
  • Explore internet websites to enhance comprehension
  • Enhance questioning techniques verbally and in writing
  • Supplement and enhance teaching with activities
  • Practice with TI-73 and TI-84 graphing calculators
  • Discuss best practices
  • Discuss strategies to successfully implement inquiry-based learning activities

Homework: Please bring thirty copies of a favorite lesson to share, a personal TI-73/TI-84 calculator, legal pad, post-it notes, pencils, and black pen

Ms. Lena Walker has taught mathematics for 20 plus years, and is currently teaching Pre-AP Math at KIPP Reach College Preparatory Middle School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  She has participated in vertical alignment and curriculum writing for Pre-AP Mathematics.  Lena has presented at AP Summer Institutes for the College Board, at College Board Pre-AP Math Technology Conferences, and at the College Board Pre-AP two-day conferences.  Ms. Walker teaches at a 2012 Blue Ribbon School.  She holds a BS in Education from Northeastern State University of Oklahoma. 

 

II.  AP Calculus BC (1013)

The singular focus of this workshop will be to examine, discuss, and analyze the topics that are particular to the BC syllabus.  Essentially, this consists of a thorough examination of sequences and series, as well as certain topics--parametric equations, polar areas, arc length and vectors--that can be thought of as extensions of the AB curriculum.  Extensive use will be made of problems from previous BC exams.  We will examine procedures by which the exam is graded, and end the workshop with a vigorous analysis of the BC exams from 2013 and 2014.

If you have a reasonably good working knowledge of the AB program, will be teaching BC in the near future, or have taught BC for a few years and want to get on the "other side of the desk," you are an ideal candidate for this workshop. 

Mr. Joe Cron has taught secondary school mathematics for 43 years.  His career has taken him from Bronx, NY (three years), to Bayonne, NJ (two years), and finally to Fairfield, CT (38 years).  He began teaching AP Calculus in the early 70's, and in 1996 began teaching AP Statistics in preparation for the very first AP Statistics exam in 1997.  Joe also taught Multivariable Calculus during his tenure in Fairfield. In order to eliminate any free time that he might have had, Joe also coached basketball and golf!

Mr. Cron has served as a consultant for the New England Regional Office of the College Board since the early 80's, giving workshops during the school year in both AP Calculus and AP Statistics; he has also served as a reader for both exams.  Over 25 summer, Joe has led week-lone AB and BC Calculus workshops at Taft School in Watertown, CT, and has presented at the Annual AP Conferences in Las Vegas, Orlando, and San Francisco.  At present, Joe serves as an adjunct faculty member in mathematics at Fairfield University. 

Joe has promised not to wear his New York Mets jersey to any of the workshop sessions. 

 

Week Two: July 7-10, 2014

 

I.  Pre-AP Math for Middle School Teachers: Experienced (2023)

This course is designed to help middle school teachers strengthen their existing Pre-AP teaching strategies as well as introduce new methodologies and activities into the curriculum.  You will explore a variety of topics appropriate for the Pre-AP student at the middle school level.  Activities will be hands-on and the use of various forms of technology will be encouraged.  Assessment methods and classroom management strategies will also be examined.  We will also focus on how to blend online activities into an existing unit.

Homework: You should come with a unit of study in mind that they would like to strengthen with online resources and activities.  Bring your laptop!

Ms. Kathy Heller is a National Board Certified teacher who spent many years teaching in Arkansas, but is now living and teaching in Fort Worth, Texas.  She has been teaching math Remediation, Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry for more years than she would like to admit!  She has won numerous awards at the local, state, and national levels.  This is her fourteenth year as a consultant for the College Board where she presents at regional conferences and summer institutes. 

 

II.  Pre-AP High School Math: Emphasis on Algebra II & Pre-Calculus (2024)

In this workshop, we will focus on the mathematics prior to calculus--Algebra II and Pre-Calculus--and the importance and relevance of these courses to AP Calculus topics, as well as the vertical alignment of these courses with AP Calculus topics.  A multi-representational approach will be used to help teachers look at problems analytically, graphically, numerically, and verbally.  Functions, their graphs, and behavior will be explored.  Calculus concepts such as accumulation and rate of change will be introduced at the Pre-AP level.  Projects and activities will be used to supplement and enhance the topics covered.  Graphing calculators will be an integral part of the institute.  We will use TI-84 graphing calculators. 

Homework: You should bring a graphing calculator and a favorite lesson to share.  You will discuss best practices, as well--be sure to bring copies of a lesson or activity to share.  At the end of the workshop, you will take home an electronic copy of the materials provided in the institute.

Ms. Nancy D. Grigassy teaches at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas.  She has been teaching for 30 years, and is a member of NCTM and TCTM.  She was Austin High School's first Teacher of the Year in 1995.  She has made presentations at the National Conference for Mathematics Teachers, T^3, and the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics in Texas.  She has been a College Board consultant for the past 8 years.  Nancy is the chair of the mathematics department at Austin High School.  She teaches Pre-Calculus, Pre-AP, and Calculus AB. 

 

III.  Pre-AP High School Math: Emphasis on Algebra I (2025)

This workshop will focus on preparing students for AP Calculus and AP Statistics through the Algebra I curriculum.  You will learn the purpose and value of the Advanced Placement program as well as how to incorporate skills, concepts, and rigor into their Pre-AP program to help students make an easy transition to AP Calculus and AP Statistics.  We will explore setting up a Pre-AP program by developing and maintaining a strong vertical team.  We will also look at incorporating and implementing Common Core Standards while constructing and comparing linear, quadratic, and exponential models.  A lot of time will be spent looking at functions and their importance in Algebra I.  Even as this course is designed to focus on Algebra I, there will be discussions of higher-level math topics and their relationship to Algebra. You will review and adapt released AP free-response problems that may be used to help facilitate student learning and to reinforce concepts at different grade levels.

Homework:  You might want to bring a "good" lesson that you have used in the past and would be willing to share, as well as favorite websites for teaching math, a copy of you current textbook (or a small sample), a graphing calculator, a copy of some type of formative or summative assessment, and a desire to participate and try some new things!

Mr. Dickie Thomasson graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello with a BSE in mathematics and a minor in English.  He received his MSE in Secondary Education from the University of Arkansas and an Administrator's Certificate from the University of Central Arkansas.  Dickie has taught mathematics for 36 years in grades 6 through college in public schools in Arkansas.  He is currently teaching at Prairie Grove High School (about 10 miles west of Fayetteville).  This year he is teaching Algebra I, Pre-Calculus, and Advanced Placement Calculus AB.  Mr. Thomasson is active in the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics having served as membership chairperson, treasurer, and president.  Dickie was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2001.  He is a College Board endorsed consultant and presents at one-day and two-day AP and pre-AP conferences as well as conducting summer institutes.  Dickie has presented at Summer Institutes at the University of Arkansas, the University of Tulsa, University of Texas--El Paso, University of Texas--Pan American, and TCU. 

 

IV.  AP Statistics (2026)

This workshop will address favorite activities to use throughout the year, understanding ANOVA, asking sensitive questions (randomized response), and some alternative methods for blocking and sampling.  We will also spend time working with activities and simulations for building sampling distributions and using simulations as a common theme throughout the year. 

We will also explore Minitab 16 and Fathom software packages.  It will be necessary for teachers to bring a PC laptop.  Thirty-day evaluation copies of Minitab 16 will be distributed and we will download the Fathom software before the start of the institute, though it is available through the link http://www.keypress.com/x5656.xml.

In addition to the binder for the week, a CD will also be provided, which will include lessons, worksheets, class note sheets, old tests, AP practice sets, projects, and activities.  We will review the 2013 test, though sample questions, rubrics and the grading of student responses. 

Homework: Participants are asked to bring favorite activities and handouts to share--especially those that have worked well in the classroom.  Participants are also required to bring graphing calculators with statistical capabilities.  We will share quite a few calculator problems that are useful for demonstrating/teaching concepts.  The programs are all loaded on a TI-84, so participants should bring a machine that would be compatible for sharing these programs. 

Mr. Michael Legacy  is a past member of the AP Statistics Development Committee (2001-2005) and a former Table Leader at the Reading.  He currently reads the Alternate and Overseas Exams.  He has been a lead teacher at many PA Summer Institutes over the past twelve years, and is a frequent presenter at College Board Conferences.  Michael was the statistics content editor for the series Laying the Foundation: Connecting to AP Mathematics funded by the O'Donnell Foundation.  He has also authored the Prep for the AP Exam Guide for Yates, Moore, and Starnes' The Practice of Statistics TI 83/89 Graphing Calculator Enhanced, 3rd edition and is the author of the 2007 College Board AP Statistics Teacher's Guide.  He authored the Teacher's Resource Binder to accompany the new Statistics Through Applications 2e, the non-AP sister text to Yates Moore, and Starnes' The Practice of Statistics 3e.  He also authored the AP-style multiple-choice and free-response cumulative review sections for The Practice of Statiscs for AP* 4e (and the soon to be published 5e) as well as the Prep for the AP Exam Guide 4e.  Michael is currently working on the practice exams for the Strive for a 5 Guide to accompany The Practice of Statistics for AP* 5e

In February 2010, Michael was honored by the Siemens Corporation as the Texas AP Math/Science Teacher of the Year. He served as an AP statistics consultant to Pasadena ISD for 2010-12  under the auspices of the National Math + Science Initiative and currently fills the same role for Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD and Birdville ISD.  In addition to being the pre-K-12 Math Chair, Michael teaches AP Statistics at Greenhill School in Addison Texas.

 

Week Three: July 14-17, 2014

 

I.  Pre-AP Math for High School Teachers: Emphasis on Geometry (3038)

This workshop will focus on preparing students for AP Calculus and AP Statistics through the Geometry curriculum.  You will learn the purpose and value of the Advanced Placement program, as well as how to incorporate skills, concepts, and rigor into their Pre-AP program to help students make an easy transition to AP Calculus and AP Statistics.  The course will explore setting up a Pre-AP program by developing and maintaining a strong vertical team.  We will look at incorporating and implementing Common Core Standards while doing activities that include congruence, proofs, constructions, similarity, area and volume, circles and connecting Algebra and Geometry through coordinates.  Even as this course is designed to focus on Geometry, there will be discussions of higher level math topics and their relationship to Geometry.  We will review and adapt released AP free-response problems that may be used to help facilitate student learning and to reinforce concepts at different grade levels. 

Homework: You might want to bring a "good" lesson that you have use in the past and would be willing to share.  You should also bring favorite resource websites, a copy of your current textbook (or excerpts), a graphing calculator, a copy of some type of formative or summative assessment, and a desire to participate and try some new things!

Mr. Dickie Thomasson graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello with a BSE in mathematics and a minor in English.  He received his MSE in Secondary Education from the University of Arkansas and an Administrator's Certificate from the University of Central Arkansas.  Dickie has taught mathematics for 36 years in grades 6 through college in public schools in Arkansas.  He is currently teaching at Prairie Grove High School (about 10 miles west of Fayetteville).  This year he is teaching Algebra I, Pre-Calculus, and Advanced Placement Calculus AB.  Mr. Thomasson is active in the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics having served as membership chairperson, treasurer, and president.  Dickie was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2001.  He is a College Board endorsed consultant and presents at one-day and two-day AP and pre-AP conferences as well as conducting summer institutes.  Dickie has presented at Summer Institutes at the University of Arkansas, the University of Tulsa, University of Texas--El Paso, University of Texas--Pan American, and TCU. 

 

II.  AP Calculus AB (3039) 

The intent of the AP Calculus workshop is to prepare you to design your AP Calculus course, and familiarize you with the current syllabus, curriculum materials, and effective teaching strategies.  Topics from the current Calculus AB syllabus will be investigated through classroom-tested explorations, activities, and hands-on labs that are suitable for cooperative learning.  The TI-84 graphing calculator will be used to explore, discover, and reinforce the concepts of calculus.  This course is targeted for both the beginning and experienced calculus teacher.  Time will be spent discussing strategies to prepare students for the AP exam.  Recent AP exams will be reviewed and teachers will learn the grading process.

Homework: You should bring a graphing calculator and a favorite lesson to share.  You will discuss best practices, as well--be sure to bring copies of a lesson or activity to share, as well as a copy of your current textbook.  At the end of the workshop, you will take home an electronic copy of the materials provided in the institute.

Ms. Nancy D. Grigassy teaches at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas.  She has been teaching for 30 years, and is a member of NCTM and TCTM.  She was Austin High School's first Teacher of the Year in 1995.  She has made presentations at the National Conference for Mathematics Teachers, T^3, and the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics in Texas.  She has been a College Board consultant for the past 8 years.  Nancy is the chair of the mathematics department at Austin High School.  She teaches Pre-Calculus, Pre-AP, and Calculus AB. 

 

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