This course assumes knowledge of the AB Calculus course. We will cover the additional content that is particular to the BC course, but teachers should have experience or training in the AB material prior to attending this workshop.
In this workshop, participants will look at ways to present calculus topics that are particular to the BC course and learn how to develop student understanding of calculus concepts. Strong emphasis will be placed on advanced techniques of integration, series, parametric motion and polar curves. Teachers will learn what to teach, how to teach it and how to assess student understanding as well as ways to prepare students for the AP Calculus BC exam.
Dixie Ross teaches AP Calculus at Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas. She has taught in Texas public schools for 33 years and has taught AP Calculus for 28 of those years. She has served as an AP consultant for summer institutes and other teacher professional development workshops since 1994 and has been a reader for the AP Calculus exam. Ms. Ross served on the development committees for the Math Vertical Teams Guide, and the Laying the Foundation project. She received the College Board’s Southwestern Region AP Special Recognition award in 1992, the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement and the Texas Excellence award for outstanding high school teachers. In 2008, Ms. Ross was a finalist for the O’Donnell Texas AP Teacher of the Year award and was recognized as a Math Hero by the Raytheon Company for her efforts to involve more students in advanced mathematics. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2012.She is a National Board Certified Teacher and holds a BA and a BS from The University of Texas at Austin.