This is my 24th year teaching math at Allen High School. This will be my tenth year teaching
AP Calculus and my 9th teaching the BC level. Before teaching Calculus, I taught PAP Algebra II
and PAP Geometry. I love teaching calculus. I use the summer to perfect the notes, and
homework packets and to make many new and exciting quizzes. I have written out
all the work that we will do in class and posted it on canvas, in case a student misses class.
I have also posted most of the homework answers and work. I know students are busy people
and want them to be able to check their work at home. My goal is to have my students get
incredible scores when they take the AP Calc BC Exam in May and be ready for college calculus.
AP Calculus BC is an intensive math class. With the exception of the first day of school, we will
have homework due and take a quiz most days. Most of the time students will not use a
calculator at all. The AP Calculus BC exam that students will take at the end of the year is
non-calculator for much of the test. I would like students to have their own graphing calculator
so they do their homework problems that need a calculator with the calculator that they will use
for the exam.
The AB class is equivalent to one semester of college calculus. They cover limits, derivatives,
integrals and applications of these topics.
The BC class moves fast, it is the equivalent of two semesters of college calculus. It is a class
for hard working students who easily understand math. The BC class covers the AB material and
then adds the topics of integration by parts, partial fraction integration, series (a massive topic)
and polar and parametric functions and their derivatives, integrals and applications.
Quizzes, notes and homework problems are written in the style of the AP Calculus BC exam.
Quizzes are multiple version assessments and Quiz retakes are different from the original
quiz and have multiple versions. All versions are equal in difficulty, but have different
numbers and answers to discourage cheating. The retakes cover the same topics.
Students should correct their original quiz prior to coming in to do a retake.
Students receive a classnotes packet, homework packet, and a calendar at the start of every
chapter. When a student is absent, he or she should keep up to date by reading my filled-in
notes on Canvas, working the problems in their classwork packet and doing the next
homework, in addition to the homework that had been due the day they were absent.
The calendar lists topics I will teach, upcoming quizzes, and deadlines for retakes of quizzes.
There is also a packet of optional practice quizzes on canvas. The work and answers to
these are posted to canvas.
Homework = 5 percent of the nine weeks grade.
I will check to see that students have done their homework at the start of each period.
Students will show work or they will not get credit. Prior to class, students will check
that their homework is correct against my work and answers on canvas.
Late homework is not accepted. This homework grade is taken mainly
so that parents know if their student is keeping up with the homework.
Quizzes = 95 percent of the nine weeks grade.
Students will get their graded quizzes back the next class period or can pick them up at the
end of "B" day. The deadline for quiz retakes is on the class calendar.
Original quiz grades from 0 to 50% can be retaken for a maximum grade of 80%.
Original quiz grades from 51% to 99% can be retaken for a maximum grade of 100%.
The following tutoring times are not set in stone for the 2022-2023 year.
My tutoring/retake time is every day from 7:45 am to 845 am. (First period starts at 8:50 am.)
Tuesday mornings from 8:20 to 8:45 are set aside for a Calculus teacher meeting, but students
can still come in to do a retake. I will also tutor during 8th period until 4:20 pm every day.
There are currently 182 + AP Calc BC students scheduled to start the 2022/23 year.
Some of those students are classified as IB HL 1 students.