Summer 2013 Course Offerings

Advanced Placement Program* Summer Institute

AP* Calculus AB, July 22-25, 2013

Lead Consultant: Joe Milliet   


What to Bring

  • Much work is done on the graphing calculator. For our purposes, a TI-83/84 (any edition) will be used in our demonstrations. Please bring one of these calculators or be proficient in doing comparable work on a calculator of your choosing without needing instruction.
  • If you have a tablet with a digital pen stylus for note-taking using math symbols, your laptop/tablet could be useful in the institute. Other than that, use of a laptop or other digital device is probably a distraction to the institute and your fellow participants.
  • Sample texts will be ordered for you. How many we receive will depend on publisher generosity.

Course Description

This course will present a detailed analysis of the current Calculus AB curriculum. Features of the institute will include: strategies for teaching various topics; resources available for the AP* teacher; discussion of content from an advanced viewpoint; substantial activities with graphing calculators and their role on the AP* exam; suggested timetables; suggestions for types of assignments; and suggestions for sample test questions. The format of the AP* exam together with an analysis of scoring standards used will be discussed. Sample questions and the grading process from the perspective of an AP* Reader will be addressed. Participants will have opportunities to work "hands-on" with graphing calculators and will receive numerous materials.

About Joe Milliet

Joe Milliet is the mathematics department chair at St. Mark’s School of Texas and teaches both middle and high school mathematics.  Starting in 1976, Joe taught high school mathematics at Beaumont Central High School in Beaumont, Texas, for 22 years.  During that time, he served the AP* Calculus community as a College Board consultant, a workshop leader, exam reader, and member of the AP* Calculus Test Development Committee. From June 1998 to June 1999, Joe served as Associate Director for the AP* Program at the College Board Southwest Region Office (SWRO) in Austin, Texas. From June 1999 to July 2000, Joe worked as a consultant to promote a partnership between the College Board SWRO and the University of Texas, while also developing AP* course support material in conjunction with the Dana Center for Math and Science Education at the University of Texas.  Joe returned to teaching in August 2000, joining the faculty at St. Mark’s. Having taught mathematics for 35 years total, including AP* Calculus AB and/or BC for 31 years, he currently teaches AP* Calculus along with other mathematics courses. He also continues to serve as an AP* Calculus consultant since his return to teaching. He is co-author of the test preparation book “Be Prepared for the AP* Calculus Exam” published in 2005. In 2008-2009, Joe was the state of Texas’ recipient of the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement.

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