Welcome to the Rice University Summer Teaching Institute. I am excited to lead the Experienced AP Environmental Science workshop and look forward to helping you delve deeper into the curriculum.
My goal is for teachers to enhance the quality of their APES program through the use of inquiry labs and data analysis. We will look at strategies to improve test scores while motivating an environmentally literate student population. Although I will use technology in many of the labs, I will also present low-tech options for accomplishing the same objectives. We will run many of the lab activities in their entirety so that you can get comfortable with the techniques, strategies and data analysis.
Amy Fassler has been teaching AP Environmental Science in Marshfield, Wisconsin for 15 years, in addition to chemistry, biochemistry and science research. She has served as an AP reader, table leader, and test development committee member. She teaches students with vast differences in their science background and ability levels and seen great success with all groups. She and her daughters love to travel together and she enjoys many outdoor activities-biking in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter.
To minimize the amount of paper and copy resources I will only photocopy material essential to our lab work and practice FRQ scoring; I will provide all other resources electronically so a lap top is required. Plan on dressing for some field work that will include water testing, air monitoring, soil analysis and forestry measurements. I look forward to hearing from you with any questions you might have before the institute.