Pre-AP Summer Workshops: Pre-AP High School Math for New Teachers: Geometry Focus

Participants will explore the most current perspectives of Pre-AP High School Mathematics.

Male student biking through Academic Quad at Rice University

Connecting algebraic and geometric thinking in Pre-AP Geometry, the course will apply material from Pre-AP Algebra I and look to concepts covered in Pre-AP Algebra II and Pre-AP Pre-Calculus in preparation for AP Calculus and AP Statistics.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42511 Melissa Burkhead On-campus 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Instructor: Melissa Burkhead

Lead Instructor

Melissa Burkhead teaches Pre-AP Geometry, Pre-AP Pre-Calculus and BC Calculus at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas. She has been teaching secondary students for 24 years, including in Mexico City, the El Paso public schools, Austin’s magnet school program and the Episcopal school system. Ms. Burkhead has presented at numerous AP conferences and most recently represented The College Board with a special AP Calculus focus inboth Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. and Bogotá, Colombia. She is also a reader for the AP Calculus exam. She has contributed to the proceedings of the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics with articles titled “Linkages, Ellipses, and Elliptical Exercise Machines: Student Explorations,” and “Transforming Teacher Technology Use: Results from Summer Institute Training.” She holds a BA in mathematics and political science from Georgetown College and an MA in education (mathematics specialty) from The University of Texas at El Paso.  

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: June 26, 2018

End Date: June 29, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $485

Early Registration: $435 if registering by March 26

Late Registration: $535 if registering after June 11

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 26

  • Sequences, rate of change, functions, area under a curve, trigonometry, geometric means, areas of plane figures, areas and volumes of solids, coordinate geometry and transformations
  • Using manipulatives to develop geometric concepts before rigorous application
  • Implementing methods of discovery throughout the curriculum
  • Developing meaningful student projects throughout a geometry course
  • Assessment in geometry. Connecting geometric proof with the Pre-AP idea of justifying your answer and answering the question, “What makes my geometry test Pre-AP?”
  • Implications of the use of technology in Pre-AP Geometry
  • Multi-representational approaches to teaching Pre-AP Geometry
  • Classical construction problems
  • The unit circle
  • Transformations in geometry that lead to transformations of the graphs of functions
  • Extending geometry textbook problems in order to increase the rigor level for geometry students
  • Thirty copies of a favorite lesson or activity to share
  • Graphing calculator
  • Ruler and compass
  • Device to explore desmos and/or geogebra applications that can access the web.
    • Most teachers prefer using a laptop for easy input of mathematical syntax. Rice University offers guest web access.

Optional supplies:

  • Favorite math t-shirt for “Wear Your Favorite Math Shirt Day” on Friday of the institute.
  • Laptop computer