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Advanced Placement Summer Institute

AP Chemistry Workshop

July 7-11, 2014

There will be two sections of the AP Chemistry workshop, divided according to teaching experience.

New Teachers

This workshop, designed for new AP © Chemistry teachers, will model an AP © chemistry curriculum in which participants will be introduced to both the hands-on and theoretical aspects of kinetics, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry and molecular structure and interactions.  Each day, participants will perform lab activities that reinforce these topics.  These labs will use the “Guided Inquiry” approach that is a focus of the new AP © curriculum.  Participants will be asked to write up and evaluate the labs as well as complete and share solutions to AP© problems, both requiring evening homework. 

Time will also be devoted to College Board’s A.P.© Chemistry Curriculum changes that went into effect on the 2014 Test.  We will explore the new format of the examination, review the 2014 exam and examine one of the review books now available.  David Crow, the instructor, has completed the College Board’s “Re-train the Trainers” short course in preparation for teaching AP© Summer Institutes. Throughout the workshop, there will be opportunities for all to share best practices for teaching AP© Chemistry. All work to be assessed will be completed during the workshop.

Maximum capacity 24.  (Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and Friday, 8:30 am -12:00 noon) 

Experienced Teachers (Advanced Laboratory Topics)

This workshop is specifically for teachers who have taught the AP course for at least one year, who have an approved syllabus, and/or have attended a previous weeklong AP Chemistry workshop.   We will target many of the 16 labs in the new College Board lab manual that emphasize the new “Guided Inquiry” approach to laboratory work, with the intention of extending the AP Chemistry labs and adding some of our own “classics” which have been modified into a more Guided Inquiry approach, utilizing the new descriptors of Science Practices and Learning Objectives.  We will discuss strategies for modifying participants’ own labs currently in use, including the use of more “error analysis” questions.  We will examine new styles of examination questions with the aim of rewriting existing assessments to reflect the new standards. We will explore the new format of the examination and review the 2014 exam.  This workshop will assume knowledge of and proficiency in the previous AP Chemistry topics, with little or no time allotted to delivery of content, except for presentations/review in the new areas.

Patsy Mueller, the instructor, has completed the College Board’s “Re-train the Trainers” short course in preparation for teaching AP© Summer Institutes. Throughout the workshop, there will be opportunities for all to share best practices for teaching AP© Chemistry. All work to be assessed will be completed during the workshop, i.e.,there will be written work to be completed each evening of the workshop

Maximum capacity 24.  (Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and Friday, 8:30 am -12:00 noon)

 

Facilitators:

Dave Crow, M.S. Chemistry; AP Chemistry Consultant; since 1993 have facilitated summer workshops in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Vermont; served four years as an AP reader; in 2012, wrote chapter introductions for 11th  edition of the Chang textbook reflecting AP revisions; facilitated ACT workshops training science teachers to teach the new core curriculum standards; wrote chemistry unit for ACT.  My teaching career spanned thirty-seven years, teaching all levels of chemistry at a large, suburban high school near Boston and at a small, rural high school near Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Patsy Mueller, M.S. Chemistry; AP Chemistry Consultant, The College Board since 1991; AP Reader from 1980 - 2005 including 15 years as Table Leader; served on the AP Test Development Committee for four years; served on the AP Chem Test Development and the NSF Committee to investigate U.S. AP math and science curricula in a global setting; AP Chemistry Teacher, formerly of Highland Park High School, IL, currently of Regina Dominican High School, IL.

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AP Summer Institute · Center for Science and Math Education
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