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AP Summer Institute workshop for Physics B.

Workshop Description

This four-day AP Physics 1 & 2 summer workshop will provide an opportunity for new and experienced AP physics teachers to become familiar with the College Board’s newly redesigned algebra/trigonometry-based AP Physics 1 & 2 courses. These courses will be implemented in the fall of 2014, and the first exams will be given in May 2015. This workshop will be a good opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with colleagues who are planning to teach these courses in the coming years. Throughout the week, sample test questions, practice exam questions, and group activities will be used to help the participants to gain the knowledge and understanding of the new curriculum and its instructional requirements. Participants are expected to take active roles, individually and in groups, familiarizing themselves with the Physics 1 & 2 framework, solving sample test questions, discussing teaching strategies, designing labs, and developing their own syllabi for the course and the audit.

Learning Outcomes

  1. An overview of the new courses’ Curriculum Framework.
  2. A study of the structure and style of the Physics 1 & 2 Exam questions.
  3. Instructional strategies for developing the concepts and reasoning skills required for success on the new exams.
  4. Preparing a syllabus for the audit.
  5. Developing inquiry labs that will be suitable to meet the new requirements.

What to Bring:

  • A scientific calculator or calculator app on a computer or tablet
  • A laptop or tablet would be particularly useful for sharing and viewing materials
  • A favorite teaching idea to be shared with the group.  If a “handout” is provided as a digital file it will be made available to others electronically.
  • If you will be teaching the course in the fall, it would be useful if you brought a copy of the textbook you plan to use.

Instructor Bio

Joe Stieve recently retired after forty-eight years as a high school physics teacher. He taught AP Physics for forty of those years in a large variety of public and private high schools. He has a MS in physics from Purdue University. Joe has been a College Board AP Physics consultant since 1985 and was an AP Reader/Grader over a period of ten years.  He has presented many one day and multiple day AP Physics workshops. He has also been involved in the development of materials for a laboratory guide for the new AP Physics 1 & 2 courses.




Important Registration Details & Directions

Registration for AP Summer Institute 2014 has closed. Please send us an email at if you have any questions or concerns. The Welcome Letter has been emailed to enrolled participants and contains driving directions, parking information, check-in locations, and more information. If you did not receive your Welcome Letter email, you may download it here.




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