Below is information from AP Summer Institute workshops that were held in August 2014. Please stay tuned for next year's lineup.
This four-day AP Physics 1 & 2 summer workshop provided 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. This workshop was 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 were used to help the participants to gain the knowledge and understanding of the new curriculum and its instructional requirements. Participants were 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 developed their own syllabi for the course and the audit.
- An overview of the new courses’ Curriculum Framework.
- A study of the structure and style of the Physics 1 & 2 Exam questions.
- Instructional strategies for developing the concepts and reasoning skills required for success on the new exams.
- Preparing a syllabus for the audit.
- Developing inquiry labs that will be suitable to meet the new requirements.
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.
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