July 8 – July 12
In this session, participants will:
- Learn about the development and grading of the AP test
- Discuss and evaluate teaching resources and strategies
- Experience several different kinds of lessons and student-centered experiences
- Draft a syllabus for a year-long AP Environmental Science course
Through designing experiments, engaging in inquiry-based activities, and collecting data in the field, students will understand how the process of science works. Hands-on activities rather than lecture are the tools used to develop critical analysis and problem solving abilities, fundamental skills necessary for this course.
Most of the week will be spent in the lab, in the field, and utilizing local resources that can be found in any community. Student-centered activities can be utilized throughout this course and participants will leave with dozens of activities and labs that can be used to teach environmental science concepts.
Some of the activities we will do include:
- experimental design
- trip to a local pond to assess ecosystem health (chemical, physical and biological testing)
- soil science
- biome investigation (local conservatory)
- constructing self-contained, sealed ecosystems
- population biology (density, distribution and predator-prey exercises)
- human population and survivorship curves (local cemetery)
- agriculture and food production investigations
- traditional energy sources and energy calculations
- alternative energy (making biodiesel from waste oil)
- water pollution (local waste water treatment plant)
- invasive species and biodiversity investigations
- solid waste investigations
This summer institute is appropriate for both the novice and experienced AP Environmental Science teacher.
Jeanne currently teaches Biology and AP Environmental Science at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, New York where she has also served as Chair of the Science Department. Besides teaching at McQuaid, Jeanne is also an adjunct instructor of Environmental Science at Monroe Community College.
She has participated as a Reader for the College Board since 2006, and is also an AP Consultant, and Consultant Coach and Mentor. Jeanne is co-author of the test bank and Instructor’s manual that accompanies the 15th edition of the AP textbook, Living in the Environment, by G. Tyler Miller, and is a contributing author to the AP Lab Manual for Environmental Science, an inquiry-based lab manual that accompanies the text. She also co-authored the Instructor’s manual and test bank that accompanies Miller’s seventh edition of Sustaining the Environment.
Jeanne is a mentor for the New Teacher Center where she works one-on-one with new science teachers around the country. She also reviewed and consulted on the most recent Barron’s Test Prep book for Environmental Science. Jeanne received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2009. You can reach Ms. Kaidy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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