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AP Biology for new teachers


Workshop Description

The workshop is intended for new AP Biology teachers and will cover the material necessary to successfully teach AP Biology and promote student achievement.   Topics covered will include the AP Biology Curriculum Framework, exam, recommended labs, content updates, course syllabus, inquiry labs, free response questions and materials for the course.  Participants will be given the opportunity to develop their individual syllabi and courses during the workshop.

What Partcipants Should Bring:

  • Laptop
  • Flash drive
  • Note-taking materials
  • Textbook that each participant will be using if it has been selected
  • Ideas/labs/activities to share with other participants

Learning Outcomes

Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to:

  • Share hints for improving student achievement
  • Participate in content updates
  • Discuss the AP Biology Curriculum Framework
  • Explore the AP Biology exam
  • Learn how to incorporate inquiry into the AP Biology curriculum
  • Perform selected lab investigations and share ideas for implementing these labs
  • Receive suggestions on how to develop and/or revise an AP Biology course
  • Network and develop a support system with other workshop participants

Consultant Bio

Shamone teaches Biology 1, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, AP Environmental Science, and AP Biology at Central High School in San Angelo, Texas.  She has been teaching for a total of 23 years with most of those years being in a public school.  She has taught Biology 1 (grade level and PreAP) for 19 years, AP/DC Biology for 14 years, AP/DC Environmental Science for 5 years, and various classes at Angelo State University and Texas A&M University for 4 years.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s degree in Biology from Angelo State University as well as additional graduate hours from Texas A&M University.  For the past 14 years, she has been a reader and/or table leader at the AP Biology reading.  She is currently a co-PI on a grant project with several faculty members of Angelo State University who are working to provide middle school and high school teachers in the local area opportunities to incorporate field work into their science classrooms.  Shamone is also a member of the curriculum development team for San Angelo ISD and has served on several review committees with TEA.  She has been married for 30 years and has a twenty year old son who attends Texas A&M University and a seventeen year old daughter who recently graduated from high school.


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