Monday, July 16, 2018

Ten Weeks of Summer: Prepping for the Fall (Week 5)

This week is a break between leading workshops for AP Statistics.  My workshop group at Cabrini University last week was amazing.  In addition to learning many ideas about teaching AP Statistics, the group collaborated and shared ideas related to teaching, grading, homework and classroom management.  They even formed a Google Classroom group for everyone to continue sharing after the workshop was over!

My next workshop will be in San Diego and there will be 30 people in attendance!  I typically have workshops that range from 12 - 15 participants and 30 will be challenging.  But if I always stayed in my comfort zone and never took on new challenges, I would never grow professionally.  Here is to taking on a new challenge, seeing some sights in San Diego and learning from the experience!!

In addition to prepping for my workshop for next week, I have been working on reviewing AP Calculus (AB) topics.  This will be a new course for me in the fall.  I know many of the topics in AP Calculus, because I have taught a non-AP calculus course over the past few years.  However, there are some topics that are not as familiar.  To help me prep for the course, I read the "Course and Exam Description" as found on the College Board's website.  I worked through the 20 multiple choice questions and got 3 wrong.  Two of them I was able to figure out what I did wrong, but the last one I had no idea how to approach the question.  Specifically, it is to be done with a graphing calculator.  Here is the question:

If anyone wants to steer me in the right direction with this, feel free to post in the comments.  However, I will likely be posting on the AP teacher community and will be posting to the AP Calculus Teacher facebook group, too.  Back to doing some more prep work for fall.  We are at the halfway point of summer this week!

1 comment:

  1. This is an FTC problem. g(4) = g(2) + int(h(x),x,2,4)

    I love these start + change = end problems (as I call them with my students) as it reinforces the idea that a definite integral of a rate of change/derivative of a function is just the total change of the function. Most of the time, students see int(h(x),x,2,4) = g(4) - g(2), but almost every year, there is one (or two) problems like this on the free response.

    Hope this helped!