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AP® Physics for New and Experienced Teachers

Workshop Description

This workshop will help new and experienced teachers to improve the planning and delivery of the AP Physics 1 course. We will:

  • Discuss the exam format, the curriculum framework, the science practices and learning objectives and the importance of inquiry-based activities and labs.
  • Work through the 2016 exam and sample student papers.
  • Look at the course audit process and issues surrounding course planning and pacing.
  • Discuss issues of equity and access.
  • Practice modifying activities to be more inquiry-based.
  • Practice modifying assessment items to better match the format and content of the new exam.
  • Work through labs and activities in an inquiry-based manner, to develop teacher familiarity and expertise.
  • Work with questioning and scientific argumentation.
  • Look at a variety of web-based resources available to teachers.
  • Look in depth at several of the key content areas in the AP Physics 1 curriculum, discussing the requirements of the curriculum, common student difficulties, instructional best practices and effective lab activities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand or know how to find the content that is covered in the curriculum, the associated science practices, the format of the exam and the kinds of questions students will be expected to answer.
  • Design and deliver inquiry-based lessons and lab activities.
  • Write assessment items that align with the curriculum framework and prepare students for the exam.
  • Expand the reach of your AP Physics program through the use of inquiry, science practices and real-world problems.

What Participants Should Bring

  • A laptop computer or handheld device with internet and file capability.

Optional supplies:

  • The textbook used in class (helpful for syllabus development)
  • Labs, demonstrations, or teaching tips to share with other teachers.

Instructor Bio

Nicholas Park teaches Physics, AP Physics and Physical Science at Greenhill School in Addison, TX. He has been teaching Physics at various levels since 1998, and has most recently transformed Greenhill’s Honors Physics course into an AP Physics 1 course. A member of the United States Physics Team in 1994, Nicholas helped to coach the team in 2003 and 2004. He has served as a reader for the AP Physics B exam and as an item writer for the AP Physics 1 and 2 courses. Nicholas has led modeling physics workshops for teachers in Texas since 2007 and has been facilitating AP Physics workshops since 2014. Nicholas is strong advocate for learner-centered strategies based on the best research available.


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