Presentation on theme: "Increased Expectations = Increased AP Scores in AP Calculus AB Rosie DurandCathy Stone Morton High School Morton IL 61550"— Presentation transcript:
Increased Expectations = Increased AP Scores in AP Calculus AB Rosie DurandCathy Stone Morton High School Morton IL 61550 Rosie.Durand@morton709.orgCathy.Stone@morton709.org 2011 Connections Conference March 17, 2011 St. Charles, Illinois
Today’s presentation: 1.Who Are We? Professionally and Demographically 2.A History Lesson What have we done? 3.Current Events What are we doing now? 4.Next steps Plans for the future…
Who Are We? Professional Experience: 7 years Calculus experience, 14 overall 4 year Calculus experience, 10 overall Morton Demographics: Located in Central Illinois, suburb of Peoria Unit School District Approximately 1000 students 6% Free and Reduced Lunch
Historically…. School Year Number of Students Taking AP Exam Average Score Comments 2005-200653.2 2006-200763.3Attended one day informational workshop 2007-2008153.8 Attended the week-long conference prior to this school year. 2008-2009174.47 Earned official AP status through The College Board 2009-2010274.56Attended one day workshop 2010-20111 Algebra, 1 Geometry, 1 Pre-Cal teacher attended Vertical Team Training 1 day conference
Importance of AP Course Audit Course can only be titled “AP” in course description book if school has been approved by The College Board Titling the course AP has improved our ability to hold students to higher expectations How we do homework Group work component Modeling tests after AP tests
Components of the AP Calculus AB Curriculum Use a multi-representational approach Graphical Numerical Analytic Written/Verbal
Components of the AP Calculus AB Curriculum Use of graphing calculator to analyze problems Find zeros Find intersections Find numerical derivatives Calculate definite integrals
Written/Verbal Slope Field Matching Game Get in groups of 2 or 3. Each group will receive an envelope containing three different colored cards. Without writing on the cards, match the slope field, differential equation, and verbal description.
Preparing for the AP Exam Finish new material in late March Notebook Project – Groups of three (ideally) – In class portion – Out of class portion – 60% of their fourth quarter grade
Next Steps Continue to revise curriculum in Algebra 1 – Pre-Calculus to incorporate multi- representational approach Promote the APPROPRIATE use of graphing calculators in the 9-12 mathematics curriculum Continue to encourage enrollment Problems for Student Investigation Refine, refine, refine
Resources http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public /courses/teachers_corner/2178.html http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public /courses/teachers_corner/2178.html AP Multiple Choice Question Collection 1969- 1998 Demos with Positive Impact http://mathdemos.gcsu.edu/mathdemos/sectionmethod/equsqrcross75slab.mov http://mathdemos.gcsu.edu/mathdemos/sectionmethod/sqrtcirccross75slab.mov http://mathdemos.gcsu.edu/mathdemos/sectionmethod/sinetricross75slab.mov
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