How to Prepare to Teach an Advanced Placement Course Leadership LSO Gary Carlin Jan, 2008 AP CENTRAL • The College Board AP Central web site has a wealth of information on all Advanced Placement Courses: – Course Description – Teacher’s Guide – Sample Syllabi – Free Response Q&A – Helpful Websites/Resources – Electronic Discussion Groups, etc … http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/Controller.jpf A Course Description • Course Descriptions for all AP courses are available on the College Board AP Central web site (free download). • Put your cursor on the AP COURSES AND EXAMS green navigation box and select Course Descriptions. • Select your specific course from the Course Description Index. • http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/Controller.jpf AP Teacher’s Guide Contains course specific information on: • How to Begin your AP course. • Techniques and Strategies for the Classroom • The specific AP exam • Sample Syllabi • Resources • 200+ pages - on the Course Home Page Topic Outline • Outline of the Major Topics is found in your specific AP Course Description. • Topics are NOT necessarily in order, even though presented as a numerical outline. • The percentages (%) given represents the proportion of M/C questions on the exam – used to guide you in the emphasis that should be placed on course topics. Sample Topic Outline: Env Sci • • • • • I. Earth Systems and Resources (10-15%) II. The Living World (10-15%) III. Population (10-15%) IV. Land and Water Use (10-15%) V. Energy Resources and Consumption (10-15%) • VI. Pollution (25-30%) • VII. Global Change (10-15%) Sample Syllabi • Put your cursor on the AP COURSES AND EXAMS green navigation box and select Sample Syllabi. • Select your specific syllabus from the Sample Syllabi Index. • There are 4 samples for each course. AP Course Audit • “All schools wishing to label a course "AP" in the 2007-08 school year must complete and return the subject-specific AP Course Audit form, along with the course syllabus, for each teacher of that AP course.” • Must be approved by the College Board. • http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/cour ses/teachers_corner/51262.html NYCDOE Calendar • Click on School Calendar and print. • From this calendar we need: - School holidays/vacations - Start and finish times for school year - Non teaching (testing) days • http://schools.nyc.gov/Calendar/default.htm School Year Calendar • • • • Indicate Start/Finish dates Cross out weekends Cross out holidays Cross out non-teaching days (Election Day, Regents Week, etc.) • Indicate AP Examination date • Count total number of Teaching days - approximately 140 days (May exam) Sample: Days Per Topic (ES) • • • • • • • I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. (10-15%) (10-15%) (10-15%) (10-15%) (10-15%) (25-30%) (10-15%) 14-21 days 14-21 days 14-21 days 14-21 days 14-21 days 35-42 days 14-21 days – (includes review, testing, and labs) Textbook Sequence • On each AP Course Home Page there is an AP Course Audit Box with a link to Example Textbook List (also in Course Description) • Use the textbook organization to help sequence the AP Topics from the Course Description. Topic Breakdown • Each Major Topic (Roman Numbers) is divided into subtopics (letters) • I. Earth Systems and Resources (10-15%) – A. Earth Science Concepts – B. The Atmosphere – C. Global Water Resources and Use – D. Soil and Soil Dymanics • each subtopic then has specific examples in parenthesis (Geologic time scale; plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanism; …) Topic Depth • The best way to “estimate” the level of depth for each topic is to match the Topics and Subtopics from the Topic Outline to the: – Content in the Recommended College-level textbooks/resources. – AP examination multiple-choice and free response questions. AP M/C Questions • Sample M/C questions in the Course Description. • Released AP exams available through the College Board. http://store.collegeboard.com/enter.do • “AP-similar” Questions: review books, test programs (Eduware Test Wizard) and test banks for recommended textbooks Free Response Questions • Course Home Page: Exam Information – The AP Exam description 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 1999-2002 Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distribution Electronic Discussion Groups • Subscribe to a group so you may communicate with other course specific AP teachers – Read discussions and ask questions of specific members or the group related to teaching of topics and depth of content. – Search the archives for previous discussion threads. AP Science Courses • Must also prepare to provide laboratory experiences in all AP science course. • AP Biology and Environmental Science must also prepare for field investigations. • Sample Lab/Field activities are found in the Course Description, Teacher Guide and AP Central website. AP Summer Institutes • 5 full day workshops to train new teachers of AP courses (***ESSSENTIAL***). • Content, Pedagogy, Test, Laboratory Component, Networking, Technology, etc. • Bronx Sites include: Manhattan College and Fordham University. AP Grants for the Summer Institute • • • • Green NOTICE box (left-hand side) Select AP Scholars Awards Select AP Grants (blue box –right side) Select AP Fellows • http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k12/awards/ap-grants/fellows AP Fellows Program • March 1, 2008 Deadline • School: +50% students of color and low income families • $1000 Scholarship to attend a College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institute. A Summer Assignment • Many veteran AP teachers like to give their new AP students a self-guided summer assignment they will turn in upon their arrival in September. • A supplemental reading list. • Suggested activities (web-based) to help prepare themselves.