Summer 2013 Course Offerings

Advanced Placement Program* Summer Institute

Pre-AP* Math for High School Teachers (Algebra II/Pre-Cal focus), July 29 - Aug. 1, 2013

Lead Consultant: Jill Bell    


What to Bring

  • Notepad or spiral notebook
  • Graphing calculator
  • 30 copies of a favorite lesson or activity
  • Post-it notes
  • Laptop (if available)

Course Description

This workshop will provide Algebra II and Pre-Calculus teachers with instructional strategies to expand skills, concepts and assessment methods that prepare students for AP* Calculus and Statistics success.

Topics and activities:

  • Using multi-representational approaches to examine problems algebraically, graphically, numerically and verbally
  • Using technology to reinforce these relationships, to experiment and to develop concepts
  • Examining topics covered in Algebra II and Pre-Calculus, including transformations, inverses and other aspects of functional analysis
  • Improving assessments to better prepare students for AP mathematics
  • Sharing best practices and designing Pre-AP problems and lessons in subject-area breakout sessions
  • Exploring online resources in a lab setting
  • Classroom-based activities that tie together multiple concepts

About Jill Bell

Jill Bell graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, certified to teach both Math and Spanish. She also has received state certification in Gifted Education. She has taught high school math for 23 years, both in the private and public school arenas. She developed the Pre-AP* and AP* math programs at 2 of the former schools where she worked, and has been teaching AP* and Pre-AP* Math for the majority of her teaching career. As a consultant, she has presented workshops in Pre-AP* Math, AP* Calculus, and SAT Math preparation. She currently lives in San Antonio and works as a teacher and the Instructional Dean of Mathematics at Ronald Reagan High School.

2012 Participant Testimonials

"Good session--learned many things about tests and questioning that will help me better prepare all students (not just PAP) for AP* classes."

"Great experience. Learned a ton!"

"Awesome! Can't wait to use the information."

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