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Pre-AP: Strategies in Mathematics—Helping Students Learn Mathematics Through Problem Solving

Expand your math teaching skills, techniques and knowledge in this workshop

Participants learn strategies for designing and using investigations, writing dynamic problems, and enhancing classroom activities. Teachers gain an understanding of how successful students learn and how to develop those skills in others. They also learn to build informative assessments, to monitor and foster mathematical thinking without interrupting instruction. 

The workshop conforms to the College Board's mission, particularly in promoting access and equity; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards; and to the goals of the Quantitative Literacy Project of the American Statistical Association (ASA).

Goals

  • Understand AP mathematics standards and the role of Pre-AP in developing them
  • Learn how to design multiple-access problems
  • Improve mathematical literacy and communication
  • Explore mathematics as a process
  • Appreciate issues and strategies critical to AP Vertical Teams in Mathematics

Agenda

Day One
Passing the Buck
Simpson's Paradox
Treads and Risers, Part 1
Treads and Risers, Part 2
Assessment, Part 1
Assessment, Part 2
Homework

Day Two
Missed Opportunities
Charlie Cheesemaker, Parts 1 and 2
Charlie Cheesemaker, Part 3
Sharing of Homework Problems
Building Success in Mathematics

Workshop authors

Benita Albert has taught mathematics for 37 years at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She has served as an AP Exam Reader, Table Leader, and member of the AP Calculus Development Committee. A College Board consultant for the Southern Regional Office, she has also served on the College Board planning committees for AP Vertical Teams in math and Building Success in Mathematics, and has conducted more than 80 AP Calculus summer institutes. In addition to contributing to numerous textbook ancillaries, Ms. Albert wrote Teacher's Guide for AP Calculus (1985) and "Graphing Calculator Calculus Labs for Students" for the College Board.

Beth Cole is a sixth-grade math teacher at St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School in Washington, D.C. A member of the development committee for the Pre-AP: Strategies in Mathematics-Helping Students Learn Mathematics through Problem Solving workshop, she was also a developer of the Mathematics in Context curriculum for middle grades mathematics. Ms. Cole is a member of the NCTM committee to develop an assessment sampler for the middle grades.

John Dossey is Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics Emeritus at Illinois State University. He has taught all levels, from middle school through the doctoral level, and in a variety of NSF-related summer institutes for teachers and university faculty. He has served as president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, chair of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, and chair of the College Board's Mathematical Sciences Advisory Committee.

Pam Giles is a mathematics and professional development supervisor, grades K-12, in Jordan School District, Sandy, Utah. She taught high school mathematics for more than 20 years and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Ms. Giles served on the development committee for the Pre-AP: Strategies in Mathematics-Helping Students Learn Mathematics through Problem Solving workshop and currently teaches "Professional Development Algebra Institutes for T3: Teachers Teaching with Technology." 

Dan Kennedy teaches at Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A 25-year AP Reader and former chair of the AP Calculus Development Committee, he was one of the original Siemens Award winners in 1998 and a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching winner in 1995. Mr. Kennedy chaired the committee that developed the materials for the Pre-AP: Strategies in Mathematics-Helping Students Learn Mathematics through Problem Solving workshop.

Guy Mauldin teaches at Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee. He served on the development committee for the Pre-AP: Strategies in Mathematics-Helping Students Learn Mathematics through Problem Solving workshop. Mr. Mauldin has also written for the College Board's SpringBoard program. He has been an AP Exam reader and serves regularly as an institute teacher. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 1986, the Tandy Award in 1991, and the Siemens Award in 2001. 

Joe Milliet teaches at St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas.

Dixie Ross is a teacher at Pflugerville High School, just outside of Austin, Texas. She served on the development committee for the AP® Mathematics Vertical Teams Toolkit. She teaches summer institutes for AP Calculus and Pre-AP Strategies in Mathematics, has been an AP Reader, and won the Advanced Placement Program Special Recognition Award from the southwest region of the College Board in 1992 and the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement in 1998. Ms. Ross is also the author of the one-day workshop, Pre-AP: Topics for AP Vertical Teams in Mathematics.

J. T. Sutcliffe is Founders Master Teaching Chair at St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas. She has been an Exam Leader for the AP Calculus Exam Reading, a member of the AP Calculus Development Committee and the AP Calculus CD-ROM development committee, and as an AP reader. Ms. Sutcliffe received the Siemens Award and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and she is a Tandy Technology Scholar. She is also the author of Pre-AP: Strategies in Mathematics-Rate.

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