Calculus AB

Course Description

This course will familiarize participants with the AP Calculus AB Course and Exam Description (CED), the AP Exam, and the online AP Calculus resources that are available through AP Classroom, which include the Personal Progress Checks (PPC) and the test bank. There will be thorough coverage of the concepts and content of AP Calculus AB. By participating in this course, you will:

  • Examine strategies for successfully teaching all the major topics using multiple representations—graphical, numerical, analytical, and verbal
  • Examine resources and participate in activities and supplemental materials that promote student understanding
  • Work and discuss AP Free Response and AP Multiple Choice questions giving attention to assessment and analysis of student work
  • Begin to develop a course pacing guide by unit/topic to incorporate the full scope of your AP course into the school’s academic calendar
  • Examine formative/summative assessment item types to identify/explain how pairings of content/skills are the focus of instruction and the target of these assessments
  • Identify student strengths and weaknesses using data available through AP Classroom and the instructional planning report
  • Share ideas, strategies, and best practices in groups or pairs

Participant Needs:

Participants will need a graphing calculator and a computer or tablet. Optional – Participants can also bring an activity to share with fellow teachers.

Jill Taylor, Consultant

Jill Taylor graduated from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas with a degree in Mathematics. She then received her MEd in Mathematics Education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She is currently working on her PhD in Mathematics Education at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. For 21 years, Jill has taught mathematics to middle school, high school, and college level students in public and private schools in Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. Currently she is teaching Algebra 2 and AP Calculus AB at Broken Arrow High School, and she also serves as the Math Department Chair. Jill is also an adjunct mathematics instructor at Tulsa Community College. She has been active in the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics where she serves on the Board of Directors as the District 4 representative. She was also named a member of the College Board National Faculty for the Pre-AP program. Jill is a College Board workshop consultant for AP Calculus and the new AP Precalculus course. Jill has presented at conferences and summer institutes as well as presenting at local and state workshops. She has been an AP reader since 2019 and considers this experience to be invaluable insight into teaching AP Calculus. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching sports, and spending time with her husband, children, and her amazing grandson.