Workshops and Instructors

Participants in all workshops are encouraged to bring laptops, texts, lesson plans, and other materials.

Calculus AB/BC

This workshop for AB/BC Calculus will start with an examination of the new curriculum framework for both the Calculus AB and Calculus BC courses. Time will be spent examining the implications of this new framework and changes in course content and instruction necessary to conform to that framework.  From there, most of the major topics in the syllabus will be covered starting with the big idea of limits, and moving on to derivatives and integrals, and finishing with infinite series. All topics are approached from a multi-representational (symbolic, numeric, graphic, descriptive) point of view with the use of graphing calculators. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding rather than computation, and broad concepts and widely applicable methods are presented rather than details and special tricks. The workshop will also look at the rubrics for the exam, issues coming from student performance on exams, and any other topics with which participants have concerns.

This workshop will be led by Jim Hartman and Jeff Kreis. Dr. Hartman did his undergraduate work at Manchester College and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He has worked at Wooster since 1981, taught in the Institute since its inception, and has graded the AP* exam for twenty-seven years. Jeff Kreis received his B.A. from Malone College and M.A. in Mathematics Education at the University of Akron. This will be Jeff's eighth year instructing calculus in our AP* Summer Institute. He has taught mathematics at North Canton Hoover High School for 32 years (plus one year at Bucyrus HS) and was named Ameritech/Canton Repository Teacher of the Year in 1998.

Calculus AB/BC workshop details

English Language and Literature

Participants will review the AP* Language and Literature exams, practice evaluating the exams, and work in scoring sample exams. Other features of the workshop will include discussions of genre, epistemology, exam preparation strategies, classroom methods, as well as hands-on work with samples of student writing and presentation of developing plans for participants' own AP* classes. This workshop will be instructed by Rebecca McFarlan and Gillian Lee. Ms. McFarlan, who is in her thirteenth year as an Institute instructor, completed her Masters Degree at Xavier University, has taught English at Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati since 1988, and received the Martha Holden Jennings Master Teacher Award in 2002. Ms. Lee, a graduate of the College of Wooster, received her MFA from the University of Akron and is currently a Writing Center Consultant at Wooster.

English L&L Syllabus

U.S. History

While this workshop will now focus on the new curriculum framework and exam, our U.S. History session will continue to emphasize two principal objectives: 1) teaching the best possible, most interesting survey course; and 2) preparing students to do their best on the Advanced Placement examination. The workshop leaders will assist participants in thoroughly familiarizing themselves with the Historical Thinking Skills, Thematic Learning Objectives and Concept Outline that form the backbone of the new curriculum framework. Participants will be immersed in a complete, new practice AP exam, and will be shown how and given the opportunity to develop their own practice exam questions to use with their students. Document-based and free response questions from previous AP exams will be used as both teaching and test preparation materials after being revised to conform to the new curriculum framework. This workshop will be led by Dr. Jeff Roche, Associate Professor of History, who completed his undergraduate study at Georgia State and earned his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.  Jeff is returning to work with the CoW APSI (after several years hiatus) for his tenth year as an Institute instructor.  Joining him will be Patrick Thorburn who has been teaching AP U.S. and European History at Rolling Meadows High School in Illinois since 1995.  Patrick received a Masters of Education from the University of Illinois and has done further graduate level coursework at Northern Illinois University.  He earned the National Board Teacher Certification in 2009 and was honored as Illinois American History Teacher of the Year in 2015-2016.  Patrick has served as a College Board Consultant for AP U.S. History since 2014 and has been reading the AP U.S. History exam since 2008.

CEU Credits

CEU credit may be obtained for the 30 hours of instructional time. This is done by the participant through their local professional development committee.

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