Quantitative Skills for AP Biology

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The goal of the AP Biology course is for students to think and act like scientists. Experimental biology relies heavily on quantitative skills and analysis, skills that are crucial for thinking and acting like a scientist. This workshop will provide AP Biology teachers with an understanding of quantitative skills and how to incorporate them into the classroom so that students develop the habits of mind that allow them to regularly use these skills in meaningful ways. This workshop is open to any AP Science teacher and may also be especially helpful for teachers who teach courses that lead to AP Biology.

Participants will build their own understanding of quantitative skills, analyze how quantitative skills are assessed on the AP Biology Exam, and learn strategies for teaching quantitative skills. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to plan how they will transition their curricula to incorporate more opportunities for students to learn and intentionally use quantitative skills on a daily basis.

Length: 1 day

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the core quantitative skills required of students in the AP Biology course and how they are assessed on the AP Biology Exam.
  • Build your own understanding of the quantitative skills required for AP Biology and how to apply them in different contexts – specifically, Mathematical Modeling, Data Analysis, and Hypothesis Testing.
  • Design activities, assessments, and laboratory investigations that engage students in using quantitative skills to build understanding.