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Pre-AP: Strategies in Mathematics—Rate

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

Participants learn how to help students understand the concept of rate through content, classroom strategies and activities, diagnostic assessment practices, and the use of technology. The workshop shows how content, pedagogy, and embedded assessment can help shape the mathematics curriculum. Topics include absolute and relative growth, instantaneous rate, and rate of change.

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 AP Calculus AB and Calculus BC topic outlines.


  • Understand AP mathematics standards and the role of Pre-AP in developing them
  • Understand connections between the presentation of rate concepts throughout the curriculum
  • Learn what students need for AP Calculus AB and Calculus BC
  • Appreciate issues and strategies critical to AP Vertical Teams in Mathematics


A Puzzling Experience

The Scene on the Jigsaw Puzzle Box Top
Fitting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together
Good, Better, Best
Designing Your Own Section of the Rates Puzzle

Workshop author

J. T. Sutcliffe is Founders Master Teaching Chair at St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas. She has served as exam leader for the AP Calculus Exam Reading, as a member of the AP Calculus Development Committee, as a member of 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.

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