Pre-AP®Middle School Math

The goal of the workshop is that teachers work together to build on their own experiences as they explore ways to further student understanding and use of the concepts and skills needed for success in pre-AP and AP mathematics courses. A variety of TEKS-correlated activities, strategies, and methods, including manipulatives, graphing calculators, and other tools, will be used. Emphasis will be on investigation and problem solving algebraically, numerically, graphically, and verbally, since facility changing a problem's representation is often critical in revealing a method of solution. Teachers will share best practices and activities that they have found to be effective in fostering student comprehension in their own classrooms. This course is targeted towards both inexperienced (2 years or less) and experienced teachers.

Pre-AP® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the development and delivery of this professional development. 

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

  • Identifying skills and concepts necessary for success in Pre-AP middle school mathematics
  • Exploring the College Board Standards for College Success in mathematics and statistics
  • Adapting AP problems for use in middle school mathematics classes
  • Developing strategies and lessons for your class

Participants should bring the following:

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

  • A TI-83 of TI-84 graphing calculator, if possible.
  • An activity (10-20 minutes) to share (optional). Please bring 30 copies for use with fellow participants, if possible.


Debbie Preston Deborah B. Preston attended 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 34 years, 28 of which have been in AP and Pre-AP mathematics classes at Keystone School, where she chairs the Upper School Mathematics Department, and teachers seventh grade prealgebra, Calculus BC and AP Statistics.  A member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, she co-authored the Instructor's Guide to accompany Paul A.