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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 courses during the workshop.

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

What Participants Should Bring:

  • laptop

  • Flash drive

  • Note-taking materials

  • Ideas/labs/activities to share with other participants

Instructor Bio

Shamone Minzenmayer 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 25 years with most of those years being in a public school. She has taught Biology 1 (grade level and PreAP®) for 20 years, AP®/DC Biology for 16 years, AP®/DC Environmental Science for 7 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 16 years, she has been a reader and/or table leader at the AP® Biology reading.


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