How do you convince them to take the AP exams? - The MCCTA

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Bridging AP to CTE: Vision into Action


Michelle Shearer

2011 National Teacher of the Year

AP Chemistry Instructor, Maryland


How do you recruit a broad range of
students to take AP courses?

How do you get them interested?


H
ow do you get them to take the risk?


H
ow do you keep them from dropping out?


H
ow do you convince them to take the AP exams?


How do you ensure success on the AP exams?




AP instructors recruit classroom to classroom


p
osters/flyers in the hallways, cafeteria, bathrooms, linking
AP to specific careers


c
ontinuous “plugs” for AP courses during instruction (i.e.
“When you take AP physics…”)


c
reate workable course schedules


student “word of mouth



personal conferences, teacher interest in CTE students
and career ambitions, “heart
-
to
-
hearts”


g
uest speakers, career fairs, assemblies, course selection
guides “by career”

“Future Link”

FCPS Student Professional Development Conference


Science, Technology
,
Engineering, Math


Arts
, Media and
Communication


Business
, Management and
Finance


Construction
and
Development


Consumer
Services, Hospitality and
Tourism


Environment
, Agriculture and Natural
Resources


Health
and
Bioscience


Human
Resource
Services


Manufacturing


Transportation Technologies

Careers




Core Science Courses



Core Math Courses

Core Computer / Technology Courses

Health Professions

Medicine

Nursing

Medical Technology

Medical Research

Pharmaceuticals

Veterinary Medicine

Physical Therapy



Chemistry (H), Biology (H) AP Biology I&II
AP Chemistry I&II

AP Physics B I&II

Geometry (H), Alg. II (H) Pre
-
Calculus
(H)

Calculus AB or

AP Calculus AB/BC Probability & Statistics
*AP Probability & Statistics



Programming I

AP Computer Science

Biology Related Careers

Biology

Microbiology

Marine Biology

Biotechnology Research



Chemistry (H), Biology (H), AP Biology I&II

AP Environmental Science

AP Physics B I&II

AP Chemistry I&II



Same



Programming I

AP Computer Science

Engineering

Civil, Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical,
Robotics, Structural, Aerospace, Architecture

Chemistry (H), Biology (H)

AP Physics B I&II

AP Chemistry I&II

AP Physics C I&II

Same



Programming I

AP Computer Science or


IB Computer Science

*Electronics


*Web Site Development



Computer Careers

Computer Software Application Engineer,
Computer Systems Analyst, Computer
Support Specialist, Computer Systems
Software Engineer, Network Systems Data
Communications Analyst, Network and
Computer Systems Administrator, Database
Administrator, Web Specialist, Java
Programmer



Chemistry (H)


Biology (H)


AP Physics B I&II

*AP Physics C I&II

Same



Programming I

AP Computer Science

Communications and Networking

Electronics

Web Site Development I

Web Site Development II

Careers

Core Science Courses

Core Math Courses



Core Computer / Technology
Courses

Natural Sciences

Geology, Topography, Mapping

Environmental Science Engineer
Natural Resources / Park
Management, Meteorology,
Astronomy, Agriculture,
Zoologist, Arborist, Fisheries

Chemistry (H), Biology (H) AP
Environmental Science

AP Physics B Parts I&II

Earth Science Research





Geometry (H), Alg. II (H) Pre
-
Calculus (H)

Calculus AB or

AP Calculus AB/BC
Probability & Statistics





Programming I

AP Computer Science

Education

Chemistry Teacher

Physics Teacher

Chemistry (H), Biology (H)


AP Chemistry I&II


AP Physics B I&II


*AP Biology I&II

Same



Programming I

AP Computer Science

Mathematics Teacher

Chemistry (H), Biology (H)


AP Physics B I&II

Same



Programming I

AP Computer Science

Biology Teacher

Chemistry (H), Biology (H)

AP Biology I&II

AP Environmental Science

AP Physics B I&II

Same



Programming I

AP Computer Science

College Preparation Non
Science Related Field

Chemistry (H), Biology (H)

AP Physics B I&II

AP Environmental Science

Geometry, Algebra II


Pre
-
Calculus


Probability & Statistics

Programming I

AP Computer Science

School To Work

Merit ICP

Fundamentals of Chemistry

Biology

Environmental Science

Applied Physics

Intro to Algebra

Algebra A/B

Geometry

Algebra II

Programming I

Web Site Development



“From
the moment you enter an AP
classroom, you'll notice the difference

in the
teacher's approach to the subject, in the
attitude of your classmates, in the way you
start to think
.”

www.collegeboard.org

Study Schedule
: 1st
week
of class



Mon.
8/24





Nomenclature








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-



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Course binders & expectations





1. Problem Set #1: Nomenclature

2. Study for QUIZ: Summer materials

3. Read course expectations handout



***FCPS Lab Safety Contract

***Lab notebook fee: $3.00



Tues.

8/25







Types of Reactions








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“Reactions”


synthesis


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Day 1





1. Problem set #1: Nomenclature

2. Study for QUIZ: Summer materials







Wed.

8/26





Net Ionic Equations








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“Net ionic equations” for single
replacement reactions


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Day 2





1. Problem set #1: Nomenclature

2. Study for QUIZ: Summer materials


(tomorrow!)



Th.
8/27



Net Ionic Equations




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format


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Day 1





1. Problem Set #1: Nomenclature







Fri.
8/28





Net Ionic Equations




“Collaboration”
-

problem set #1


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textbooks and “text analysis”


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Day 2





1. Problem Set #1: Nomenclature


(due Mon. 8/31)

2. Text analysis: Ch. 4 (due Th. 9/3)





Topics



Class Agenda



Homework Assignments

Mindset: “You belong in this AP class.”



C
reate a shared identity: “You are...”



“It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”



Highlight the need to struggle. (Guess what I
got on my first college chemistry exam?)



Sell the benefits of advanced coursework
.



“The classroom is my mirror.”




A thought from Dr. Benjamin Carson…

“…the
potential of
every brain

is equal…”

Teaching strategies


m
ulti
-
sensory approach



hands
-
on
and

minds
-
on



“experience before content” (ABC = activity before
concept, LBC = lab before content)



examples
before general concepts



a
ctivities with “graduated difficulty” (ex: flashcards)





e
ngaging activities with universal appeal

that spark the desire to master content



“write to learn


(research notebooks,

m
arker boards, text analysis)



fill
the
gaps



m
onitor social dynamics



“real
-
world” applications of content and connections to
CTE (ex: battery project)



e
xposure to AP exam format & test “practice”


Seek “extraordinary
e
ducators”


Identify teachers up to the task. (ELO position
with compensation for additional time?)


A
sk the right questions. (mindset, strategies,
faith in students, willingness to teach study
skills and fill knowledge gaps)


A
llow teachers FLEXIBILITY to take risks and
creatively engage students.


S
ee beyond the AP score report.


Present a united front to parents and “sell the
benefits” of advanced coursework.


“Soft skills” “Life Skills” “World Skills”


Leadership


Citizenship


Integrity


Competence


Time management


Self direction


Independence


Creativity


Ingenuity


Confidence


Perseverance


Adaptability


Resilience


Determination


Discipline


Positive thinking


Collaborative spirit


Optimistic outlook


“The Value of 5 Minutes”


5
mins

per day x 5 days = 25
mins

per week


25
mins

per week x 4 weeks = 100
mins

per month


100
mins

per month x 9 months = 900
mins

per school year


900 minutes / 90 minutes per block =



10 days of instruction… (two weeks)

LOST.

Ex: Did this student “belong” in AP?

A female
student
of minority background
who was hesitant
to take AP chemistry
struggled to pass the course and earned
a “2” on the
exam.


(She learned from the experience, went
on to pass AP biology and AP physics
and
is pursuing
a STEM
major in college.)



Bridging AP to CTE requires…

…a commitment
to
a student’s
progression on the
path to “college
and
career
readiness”


…even when his or her prognosis is not assured


…and the steadfast belief that the skills and
habits of mind learned in AP courses will
ultimately translate to other areas and benefit
the student in the long run.


Contact information: shearer2011NTOY@gmail.com