During this week, participants will explore the many components of AP Biology including the curriculum framework, labs, exam, grading procedures, textbook selection, syllabus construction, and biological mathematics and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on the inquiry lab approach and a majority of the AP labs will be performed at the institute. Participants will be given an opportunity to become familiar with biotechnology techniques and the use of probeware and computers in the classroom. Difficult content areas and methods of teaching a college level class will be explored.
Participants should wear proper attire for laboratory work and closed toed shoes. Participants are asked to bring an apron, goggles, and a laptop computer with a USB port for files I'll give them by jump drive
Tom Willis has been teaching high school science for 24 years, in both public and private institutions. Tom has taught AP Biology for 19 of those years and served as an AP reader and table leader for 16 years, as well as teaching regular and honors Biology, Ecology, Anatomy, Marine Biology, Astronomy, and Psychology. Tom has a B.S. in Applied Biology from Georgia Tech and a M.Ed. in Science Education from Georgia Southern University. Tom is currently teaching at Frederica Academy on St. Simons Island Georgia and is a College Board certified workshop consultant. Tom is also the golf coach at Frederica Academy.