This course is designed to help teachers incorporate AP®/Pre-AP® strategies and concepts into their math curriculum. It will emphasize math topics such as: accumulation, area, coordinate geometry, functions, limits, optimization, sequences and series, rate of change, probability and statistics and how these topics can be appropriately included in different math courses.
There will be a variety of teaching strategies including activities, projects, alternative assessments, graphing calculators, CBLs, and internet. Participants will discuss Pre-AP® philosophy, resources, vertical teaming, AP® exams and grading and how to get support from parents, and administrators.
Participants are encouraged to bring their graphing calculator (if they have one) and their best lesson or activity to share.
Mrs. Donna Speer graduated from Mid-America Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and from University of Texas at Dallas with a master’s degree. Donna is currently teaching Pre AP® Pre Calculus and AP® Statistics at Northwest High School in Justin, Tx. She taught 10 years in the El Paso ISD before moving to the Dallas/Ft Worth area.
Over the past 31 years she has taught a variety of math courses from 7th grade math to AP® Calculus and Statistics to students from varied backgrounds. She has been a certified consultant for the College Board for the last 11 years and a reader for the AP® Statistics exam for 7 years. She enjoys her work with the College Board and the opportunity to work with other teachers to improve math education.
She currently teaches students in AP® Statistics, and Pre AP® Pre Calculus. In the past, she has taught a variety of courses from 7th grade math to AP® Calculus and AP® Statistics, including: Pre-AP® Algebra I and II, Geometry, and Advanced Quantitative Reasoning.
I have coached UIL mathematics and calculator and been an assistant coach for Academic Decathlon as well as National Honor Society Faculty Advisor. She also serves on many committees, including math vertical team, curriculum development, textbook adoption and professional learning community.