The Austin (Texas) Area Calculus Teachers had their first meeting on september 14. Twelve teachers from ten different schools attended and we agreed that sharing resources, teaching strategies and information would be a good thing. Participants were given sample textbooks from Anton, Ostebee Zorn, Hughes-Hallet, Stewart, Forester (two books per person.)
We plan to meet again on Monday, November 9 at 6 pm at McCallum High School. Everyone is encouraged to bring 25 copies of some activity, worksheet or interesting problem (with answer keys, of course.) We will have a set of the new TI-89 calculators to work with and our primary discussion will be on how the CAS will impact our teaching. We have also invited a guest speaker from the College Board and will hear a report from those members who attended the test development committee meeting on oct 17 in fort worth. We also plan to do some lobbying next semester in the Texas legislature concerning the increase in funding for AP programs. I believe this will be a very valuable and worthwhile organization and hope that we can increase participation. Anyone who wants more info, can contact me through email firstname.lastname@example.org by phone 459-1963 (home), 352-6326 (work) or through mail at 7516 Meadowview Lane, Austin, Tx 78752.