Advanced Placement Program*: Pre-AP* Math / Summer 2012Course Description:
Pre-AP* is a suite of K-12 professional development resources and services. The purpose of the Pre-AP* Initiative is to equip all middle and high school teachers with the strategies and tools they need to engage their students in active, high-level learning, thereby ensuring that every middle and high school student develops the skills, habits of mind, and concepts they need to succeed in college, as well as prepare them for the rigor of the Common Core Standards.
Conceptually, Pre-AP* is based on the following two important premises: The first is the expectation that all students can perform at rigorous academic levels. This expectation should be reflected in curriculum and instruction throughout the school such that all students are consistently being challenged to expand their knowledge and skills to the next level. The second important premise of Pre-AP* is the belief that we can prepare every student for higher intellectual engagement by starting the development of skills and acquisition of knowledge as early as possible. Addressed effectively, the middle and high school years can provide a powerful opportunity to help all students acquire the knowledge, concepts, and skills needed to engage in a higher level of learning.
This particular workshop is intended to address the needs to mathematics teachers from grades 5-12 and includes, exposure to the AP* Calculus materials, the infusion of Algebra and Geometry in Calculus, vocabulary and consistency of definitions, the use of worded problems in the application of the material, and goals and philosophy of a Pre-AP* Mathematics course. Also included is the opportunity to partake in several activities involving Vertical Teams and creation of strong assessments reflecting the curriculum. Also included are materials from the 2010 AP* Calculus Examination and how these materials can inform and assist teachers of mathematics in the formulation of classroom materials and personal and system-wide assessments.