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AP Summer Institute workshop for chemistry

Below is information from AP Summer Institute workshops that were held in August 2014. Please stay tuned for next year's lineup.

Workshop Description

The workshop covered four of the major topics covered in AP Chemistry.  This included teaching stoichiometry, thermochemistry, kinetics, equilibrium and oxidation-reduction chemistry.  These topics were taught with an emphasis on the newly stated science practice and learning objectives published in the current course description. The workshop placed a strong focus on inquiry labs and current released question for study.  The participants had the opportunity to share best practices and materials that helped their own classroom presentations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the Redesigned Chemistry course description and its emphasis.
  • Understand the application of the Big Ideas and Learning Objectives as published.
  • Understand teaching techniques for challenging the students to do well on the Inquiry Labs.
  • Understand College Board administrative procedures for syllabus and audit.
  • Understand the resources available on the AP Chemistry Community to be used in your classroom.
  • Understand how to prepare students for the AP Chemistry exam by reviewing the samples and types of questions expected.

Instructor Bio

Jim Cortez is a recently retired AP Chemistry teacher with over 37 years experience in presenting chemical concepts using simple measurements and using easily available chemical supplies. He has been a reader for the exam and a question leader and has been a College Board consultant since 1990, presenting one-day conferences and one-week AP Summer Institute s. Currently he is using this time to redefine his skills of using technology in the chemical lab and writing presentations to enhance lab success.

Important Registration Details & Directions

The next AP Summer Institute will be June 23-26 at the downtown campus for Pre-AP courses, and August 4-7 at the main campus for AP courses. Please use the sign-up below to receive an email alert when registration opens.

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