AP® Calculus AB

In this workshop, participants will learn how to present calculus topics in order to develop student conceptual understanding as well as skills and problem solving capabilities.  Strategies for differentiating instruction to address student need and for building an inclusive calculus program will be shared.  All of the major topics of the AP Calculus curriculum framework as well as the MPAC’s will be addressed.  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 AB exam.

Participants should bring the following:

All participants will need to bring a lap top.  Most participant materials will be digital. 

  • Graphing calculator
  • Their textbook
  • Notebook paper
  • Post-it notes

Course Outline (Subject to Change):

Here is a very rough outline for the week, though I will make changes and adjustments to meet the needs of our group.

Day 1:    Local linearity, examination of College Board resources, starting the year, limits and continuity, derivative rules, f and f’ and f” relationships

Day 2:  Justification of extrema, existence theorems, implicit differentiation, related rates, introduction to the definite integral, properties of definite integral

Day 3:  Motion, area and volume, data based questions, interpreting calculus, 2nd FTC

Day 4:  Accumulating rates of change, contextual questions, slopefields and differential equations, 2018 free response questions


Dixie Ross Dixie Ross teaches AP Calculus at Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas. She has taught in Texas public schools for 34 years and has taught AP Calculus for 29 of those years.  She has served as an AP consultant for summer institutes and other 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.