AP® Calculus AB

The goal of the course is to provide experienced AP Calculus AB teachers with classroom-ready activities to deepen students’ understanding of the course content. Teachers will use the APSI Workshop Handbook and Resources, the Course and Exam Description (CED), and the instructor’s materials to

  • fine-tune the timelines, organization, and sequencing of their courses.
  • experience classroom-ready, sample instructional activities.
  • learn and share new ways to prepare students for the AP exam.
  • practice using the scoring standards to grade free-response problems.

Throughout the APSI, teachers will work together to experience and share ways to uncover the meaning and use of the concepts and basic skills needed for success in Advanced Placement Calculus AB. A variety of activities, strategies, and methods, including manipulatives, graphing calculators, and other tools, will be used to increase student understanding of many of the topics in the CED. Emphasis will be on exploration and problem solving algebraically, numerically, graphically, and verbally, since facility in changing a problem's representation is often critical for revealing a method of solution. Time will be devoted to teachers’ insights into using the new resources available on AP Classroom.

The goals of the four-day session are to assist participants with:

  • Become more familiar with the new Calculus AB Curriculum Framework.
  • Develop a toolkit of resources for success in Calculus AB.
  • Identify skills and concepts necessary for success in Calculus AB.

Participants should bring the following:

  • A TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator, if you have one
  • A flash drive
  • An activity to share, if you wish


Debbie Preston Deborah B. Preston Rice University and received her BS in mathematics from UTSA, and her Master of Arts degree in mathematics from the University of the Incarnate Word. She has been teaching for 36 years, 31 of which have been in AP and Pre-AP mathematics classes at Keystone School, where she chairs the Upper School Mathematics Department.  A member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, she co-authored the Instructor's Guide to accompany Paul A. Foerster's Calculus: Concepts and Applications. For 12 years, she and Mr.