Teaching AP PreCalculus This Year?


I'll be teaching AP PreCalc next year and I'm not going to lie...I'm nervous about it.  I can't figure out why exactly...I'm an experienced teacher and I've taught AP Calculus before.  But, for some reason the responsibility of guiding students through this level of math seems daunting.  Perhaps it's because there aren't a lot of materials out there and I'll have to create a lot of my own notes, tests and quizzes.  There won't be a lot out there to use.

In addition, I'm already looking toward the students taking the test next May.  What will it look like?  How will the college board ask questions about the topics they have listed in the course description.  If you've ever taught AP Calculus, you know that they come up with ingenious ways to ask questions that aren't hard necessarily, but if students haven't seen the questions asked that way before they are super difficult!  

So, I'll be creating a lot this year...I've been working on starting at the beginning and writing notes for my students.  Along the way, I'll be creating activities for them to use to deepen their understanding of the material.  Here's my first one...

This is a printable activity students can use to practice end behavior and multiplicity.  Students cut out the graphs at the bottom of the page and glue them to the correct matching graph.

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  1. I will also be teaching AP Precalc, but not until the 24-25 school year! I'm also concerned about the test in May. From what I seen, it looks as though the questions on the test will definitely be written in confusing ways for students. I'm going to try and incorporate the tricky wording into my tests and quizzes as often as I can to give my students more practice! I think the activity you shared is great! It requires understanding of roots, graph direction, and degree.