This workshop is designed for teachers who have less than five years experience teaching AP Chemistry. It will include discussion of the chemistry content that goes beyond a first year chemistry course, misconceptions that need to be addressed for student success, and the importance of the AP laboratory requirement. A review of prior year AP Exam questions will be used to highlight important student understandings. Lab experiences will be connected to topics to enhance the discussion and promote student inquiry and discussion. Since the course description is changing this year, we will focus our conversations about how the course will be modified for the coming years and tests.
During the workshop, we will concentrate on the characteristics of a good AP chemistry course and how to implement the changes required by the new curriculum. Our discussions will emphasize the quality and quantity of the material we need to present to make our students successful in this very difficult course. I will not have a lot of time to do detailed concept review of every facet of the curriculum. Instead I will try to focus on four or five of the major areas of the curriculum that are usually new to the advanced placement student. We will even have a few discussions concern the changes to the course description we work from for this course. We will do this by using a typical text book presentation and from lab experiments both simple and complicated.
We are currently planning AP Summer Institute 2014!