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Increased Expectations = Increased AP Scores in AP Calculus AB. Rosie Durand Cathy Stone Morton High School Morton IL 61550 [email protected] [email protected] 2011 Connections Conference March 17, 2011 St. Charles, Illinois. Today’s presentation:. Who Are We?

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Increased expectations increased ap scores in ap calculus ab

Increased Expectations = Increased AP Scores in AP Calculus AB

Rosie Durand Cathy Stone

Morton High School

Morton IL 61550

[email protected]@morton709.org

2011 Connections Conference

March 17, 2011

St. Charles, Illinois


Today s presentation
Today’s presentation: AB

  • Who Are We?

    Professionally and Demographically

  • A History Lesson

    What have we done?

  • Current Events

    What are we doing now?

  • Next steps

    Plans for the future…


Who are we
Who Are We? AB

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



Importance of ap course audit
Importance of AP Course Audit AB

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
Components of ABthe AP Calculus AB Curriculum

Use a multi-representational approach

  • Graphical

  • Numerical

  • Analytic

  • Written/Verbal


Components of the ap calculus ab curriculum1
Components of ABthe AP Calculus AB Curriculum

Use of graphing calculator to analyze problems

  • Find zeros

  • Find intersections

  • Find numerical derivatives

  • Calculate definite integrals


Written verbal
Written/Verbal AB

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
Preparing for the AP Exam AB

  • 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
Next Steps AB

  • 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
Resources AB

  • 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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