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AP® Statistics

Workshop Description

This workshop will focus on effective strategies for helping students master the essential concepts and methods of AP Statistics. We’ll examine resources for classroom instruction, assessment, technology, projects, and AP exam preparation. In addition, we will discuss issues related to planning and administering the course, such as student selection, pacing, and the AP Audit.

What Participants Should Bring

  • Your favorite activity

  • Graphing Calculator (although we will have TI-84s & TI-Nspires to loan)

  • Laptop Computer

Workshop Objectives

  • Discuss the new Course and Exam Description (to be released in late May 2019) in detail. This includes new details about the AP exam and a very detailed course framework that defines what teachers need to cover in their course.

  • Discuss how to use other new resources from the College Board, including Personal Progress Checks, the Question Bank, and the Performance Dashboard.

  • Participate in many classroom-tested activities that illustrate key Learning Objectives.

  • Review important topics from the course, usually via actual free-response questions from the AP exam.

  • Discuss how the AP exam is created and how it is scored, with a focus on the most recent year’s AP exam. We will also discuss common student errors and how to avoid them.

  • Practice using various types of technology, including graphing calculators, applets and computer software to analyze data and to perform simulations.

  • Discuss other important topics for running an AP Statistics course, including textbook selection, recruiting students, assessing students, and other day-to-day issues.

  • Explore a variety of ways to assess student learning.

  • Answer as many questions as possible!

Tentative Agenda

Day 1

Logistics & Introductions

The AP Program & The AP Statistics Syllabus

Appropriate Use of Technology – Graphing Calculators

Topic I - Exploring Data:

  • Constructing and interpreting graphical displays of univariate data
  • Summarizing distributions of univariate data
  • Comparing distributions of univariate date
  • Exploring bivariate data
  • Exploring categorical data
Day 2

Materials & Resources

Appropriate Use of Technology – Computer Software

Topic II - Sampling & Experimentation:

  • Overview of methods of data collection
  • Planning and conducting surveys
  • Planning and conducting experiments
  • Generalizability of results and conclusions that can be drawn from observational studies, experiments, and surveys
Day 3

The AP Audit Syllabus & Timeline

Appropriate Use of Hands-On Activities

Topic III - Anticipating Patterns:

  • Probability
  • Combining independent random variables
  • The normal distribution
  • Sampling distributions
Day 4

AP Exam Review Tips

Grading the AP Exam

Topic IV - Statistical Inference:

  • Estimation
  • Tests of Significance

Consultant Bio

Paul Myers has taught mathematics and statistics for 48 years, including 8 years in Europe & Africa, 32 years at Woodward Academy, 2 years at Georgia Tech, and 6 years at The Paideia School in Atlanta. He has been an AP Statistics and Pre-AP Mathematics consultant for The College Board and a Fathom software consultant since 1997 and has conducted one-day and weeklong summer AP Statistics workshops in 45 States, China and Germany, including the AP National Conference. Paul is a frequent presenter at conferences, focusing on statistics, data analysis, simulation and appropriate use of technology.


Course Information:

July 30 - August 2, 2019

Tuesday - Friday

8:00AM - 5:00PM

UTSA Main Campus

UTSA Extended Education

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