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Topic: AP Teacher Issues, was Re: AP Summer Assignment
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Alvar J. Garcia

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AP Teacher Issues, was Re: AP Summer Assignment
Posted: May 1, 1998 7:22 PM
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This issue recently came up at an AP Teachers meeting we had at Baldwin
SHS. The Principal calls such a meeting once or twice a year. this time
it was to brainstorm what he should tell parents of prospective AP
students coming into the program next year that would help them succeed.

The problem with a meeting like this is that the administrtion is looking
for ideas to improve PR, not academics! These meetings always
deteriorate from what can We do for the students to what do We need from
the administration. The idea of more AP Teacher meetings and even an AP
Department to address our special concerns was raised but not with much

I'm curious, in your schools out there in listserville, do AP teachers get
any kind of special support that other teachers may not? I've spoken to
teachers all over the nation at different conferences about this over the
years and have heard of the following:

(1) no duty period
(sitting in the hall 1 period a day is a waste of time)
(2) low class sizes
(20 or so students rather than 28 or more)
(3) extra lab period every other day
(10 hours contact time every 2 weeks, not 10 periods)
(4) more prep time
(relates to 6 below)
(5) less preps
(2 or 3, not 4 or 5 courses)
(6) less teaching periods
(4 not 5 periods a day)

I myself have 4 different preps (2 regents and 2 AP level) and teach 5
periods a day (1 Computer Math, 2 and 4 AP Calculus BC, 5 PreCalculus and
9 AP CompSci). I've had class sizes in the Calculus in excess of 30 in
years past (this year I started with 27 and 16 students in periods 2 and 4
respectively - now down to 22 and 11). Oh, what about attrition rates and
drop policies, BTW.

What's your experience out there?


A. Jorge Garcia Teacher/Professor Mathematics/CompSci BaldwinSHS/NassauCC
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