For new and experienced AP teachers
The APSI for 2021 will present unique and different learning opportunities for both teachers and leaders. The move to a virtual professional learning model will provide all participants with the opportunity to learn and grow in their online abilities and to help foster and develop competence in digital tools that will in the end help teachers and leaders find ways to connect with students and deliver material in multiple mediums. The workshop will definitely look and feel different from a traditional face to face summer institute, but the curricular outcomes and goals will be the same. This will be accomplished with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous work, including both individual and group opportunities. Success will be born of struggle, and if we believe in our goals, then we will achieve in our goals.
During this workshop, participants will focus on the three big ideas for AP Calculus AB (Limits and Continuity, the Derivative, and Integration) and how those big ideas are developed and evolve through the AB curriculum. Curriculum work will focus on teaching strategies, coverage, and pacing along with ideas for formative and summative assessments. Wrapped around this curricular work will be a detailed examination of the 2021 AP Calculus AB exam and the scoring guidelines, scoring summary, and student samples. Participants will come away from the workshop with a solid grasp of how points are earned on the exam and how using knowledge from the AP calculus reading can help inform and improve classroom instruction. Additionally during the week, instructional technology tools will be demonstrated and participants will have the opportunity to create interactive elements to be included during the academic year to help students make connections with the AP Calculus curriculum.
Consultant: tom ahlschwede
This is my 22nd year teaching and 14th summer as an AP Calculus Workshop Consultant. I’ve participated in the AP Calculus reading eight times, including summer 2021. I live and teach in Lincoln, Nebraska. My teaching load lately has been all AP Calculus (AB and BC) and AP Computer Science (Principles and A). I have a great wife and two sons, one in college and one in high school. In my free time I like to be outside, play golf, bike, work on home improvements, and relax.