Online for the 2023-2024 School Year
Teacher: Dr. Lavin
Updated Jan 24, 2023 - by Terrianne Lavin, Ph.D.
AP Environmental Science
Registration: Open for 2023-2024.
Recently, I returned to the University of Delaware, where I have taken a position as Environmental Science Teaching Professor. Prior to this, I spent the last 2.5 years to serve as a Physical Geography Teaching Professor at the University of Kansas. I have a Ph.D. in Climatology, an MS in Geography both from the University of Delaware, and a BS in Meteorology from the University of Kansas. I have more than 25 years of experience developing and teaching climatology, physical geography, and environmental science courses at three institutions: University of Kansas (KU), University of Delaware (UD), and Florida Atlantic University (FAU).
In addition, I have enjoyed many years of homeschooling by teaching both my own two children and many of their homeschooled friends.
Through APES, I look forward to bringing science and leadership by mentoring, advising, and teaching environmental science, with equity and inclusion, to a diverse homeschool population. I do this by creating space for my students to explore environmental science, sustainability, and policy concepts in-depth while encouraging independent, diverse, and respectful discourse. I always seek new ways to educate via creating new courses and exploring innovative teaching methods including video and online courses.
Course Information and Pedagogy:
My basic ideal is for all to learn the subject matter to a mastery level, and that everyone's achievement of mastery will occur at their own pace. Specifically, this results in a three-fold practice:
- students may master and move forward - if they master quickly, there is no need to continuously repeat a mastered skill.
- students are never penalized for late work (life happens). To this end, parents are responsible to review their students' work and timeliness, to ensure they do not fall behind. I do not police students falling behind; I do require parents' to take on this responsibility (see Parent/Student Requirement).
- there is a weekly, live session throughout the 2 semester where I work with students on comprehension, understanding, test skills, and current environmental issues. These sessions are recorded and uploaded to a private, shared with the class, google drive.
Parent and Student Requirement: Please read and agree to the following document - APES Application
Text Required: Environmental Science and Sustainability, Sherman and Montgomery,Ed. 2, 2022. After the class opens, you will be able to directly purchase material from publisher for ~ $70.00 - Environmental Science and Sustainability
- Computer, internet access, e-mail, and Zoom capability
- Scanner or digital camera
- Class will be housed in Canvas
Who Should Apply:
The course is open to students in 10th through 12th grades. All students should be prepared for a college-level course and be ready to commit at least 8 hours a week to this course. Completion of high school level Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra I are highly encouraged before taking AP Environmental Science.
Course Schedule: September 2023-May 2024
Course Format: Classes will meet weekly for 1.5 to 2 hours (TBD). All assignments will be given as a unit with a unit due date, so that students may work at their own pace. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the live classes, though I will record them so students can view them during the unit time period. I will be available for questions throughout.
- early bird, til July 1st, $750, after $850 for 2 semesters
- Approximately $70.00 -Text and online material
- Approximately $100-Lab materials (mostly common household items available for purchase at local stores)
The primary units, as tested by the AP College Board, will be covered. Assignments will be online and consist of reading, writing, multiple choice, and short problems. Each section may include an online or documented lab.
Unit quizzes will be given in order for students to assess their understanding prior to the unit tests. Unit tests will be given in a similar style to the AP exam. Students will work at their own pace and schedule to meet unit deadlines.
Topics (a min of 2 weeks per topic)
Unit 1: The Living World: Ecosystems
Unit 2: The Living World: Biodiversity
Unit 3: Populations
Unit 4: Earth Systems and Resources
Unit 5: Land and Water Use
Unit 6: Energy Resources and Consumption
Unit 7: Atmospheric Pollution
Unit 8: Aquatic and Terrestrial Pollution
Unit 9: Global Change
Unit 10: practice exams