This workshop will help teachers to improve the planning and delivery of the AP Physics 1 course, so that teachers can help their students to acquire and retain a more thorough understanding of physics and perform better on the AP Exam.
Discuss the exam format, the curriculum framework, the science practices and learning objectives and the importance of inquiry-based activities and labs.
Work through and discuss past exam questions.
Look at the course audit process and issues surrounding course planning and pacing.
Discuss issues of equity and access.
Develop and practice inquiry-based activities and labs.
Develop and modify assessment items to prepare students for the exam.
Work through labs and activities in “student mode”, debriefing afterward to aid in
Look in depth at difficult content areas, including essential concepts and valuable tools and tricks.
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 effective 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 Particpants Should Bring
A well-rested, enthusiastic mind that is ready to explore, learn and share.
Paper, pencil and calculator.
A laptop computer or handheld device with internet and file capability. We will use these frequently.
Nicholas Park teaches Physics and AP Physics at Greenhill School in Addison, TX. A strong advocate for learner-centered strategies based on the best research available, Mr. Park has been teaching Physics at various levels since 1998. He helped to design many of Greenhill’s elective physics courses and transformed its Honors Physics course into an AP Physics 1 course. He has served as an AP Physics reader, has led workshops in AP Physics 1 and 2 since 2014, and has led modeling physics workshops for teachers in Texas since 2007. He holds an MAT in Physics/Math from Duke University and a BA in Physics from Swarthmore College.