A popular question on the official AP forums is "what in the world do you do after the test?" and there are a variety of answers. Some of the projects are intense, others not so much. Those of ending school deep in June over a month after this thing have my sympathies. My kids desperately wanted to make a movie, but there was no way we had the time. I also had just finished the batch for this year and was not in the mood for more.

Lots of stuff worked against me after the AP test. For one, they had other tests to take, so random handfuls were out depending on the day. Then, college placement exam testing cropped up taking more random handfuls away. In the two weeks since the exam I've had them all together twice. It's better now, but they're out of here in 6 schools days.

Random Activities List

Financials - discussed doing your taxes (primarily that high tax refunds aren't some kind of magic bonus) and the basic of credit cards/borrowing money.

Engineering - support tennis balls with coffee straws, the ball had to be 12" off the ground and you couldn't tape your creation to the table for added stability

Field Day - just take them outside and let them hang out

Exit Interviews - a few questions just to see what they thought about the class, and to help me make some improvements for next year. I never learn a ton for these, but it's more about one last little relationship building item before they leave forever.

Sidewalk Chalk - why not? A lot of them did it when they were in Pre Cal. I generated some regions between curves and had them pick sets at random. They had to sketch the graph and compute the area of the region. With calculators and desmos the work part took about 15 minutes if you focused the whole time (hard for a senior in May). Later in the week they'd reproduce their findings on the sidewalk. Two regions per kid, about 4 blocks per kid to show the work properly and everything.

The only shame here is that the second group finished a little after noon. At 2:50 a storm rolled in and the whole installation vanished before anyone really noticed we did it.


Not a bad set of things. I will add to this list next year because I'll see them a little more and I know how to plan around the random absences a little better.

Goodbye Varsity Math. It's been real.

AuthorJonathan Claydon