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Preparing Students for Advanced Placement Chemistry

This course is for both NEW and EXPERIENCED chemistry teachers who can expect an extensive look at the redesigned chemistry course outlined in the AP Chemistry Curriculum Framework. Curriculum Framework activities will explore the revised curriculum requirements and introduce the experiences of guided inquiry in labs and the classroom.

The focus of this course includes:

  • Setting up a Successful Course in AP Chemistry
  • Reflection and debriefing of classroom and lab experiences after teaching the new course
  • Successful strategies for teaching the new content areas like photoelectron spectroscopy
  • Incorporating successful inquiry labs; converting traditional to inquiry labs
  • Using inquiry in the classroom
  • Converting questions from released AP exams into the type that would be found in the new format of testing; generating more questions for homework and assessment
  • Analyzing test data as well as the new method of score distributions
  • Time and guidance will be provided for collaboration and practice with the above topics. Opportunities will be provided to share strategies for incorporating more inquiry in both the lab and the classroom. Each teacher will bring materials to share for major content or problem areas (i.e. equilibrium, buffers, electrochemistry, IMFs), such as notes, labs, exams, formative assessments, suggestions for refining and adopting different approaches. There will be one to two hours of homework daily.

    AGENDA

    Tuesday

    • Welcome and Introductions
    • Overview of the Institute, Texts, College Board Resource materials
    • Prerequisites, Screening students, Aptitude test, The Role of Guidance, Equity and Access
    • Exploring the AP Chemistry Curriculum Framework, Science Practices
    • Developing a Syllabus
    • Reflection and debriefing of classroom experiences after teaching the redesigned course
    • Assignments: Presentation and Discussion of the assigned multiple choice questions and the free response from the most recent AP Exam
    • Guided Inquiry Lab
    • Lab debriefings
    • Best Practices: Sharing of materials from major content or problem areas (i.e. equilibrium, buffers, electrochemistry, IMFs), such as notes, labs, exams, formative assessments, suggestions for refining and adopting different approaches.

    Wednesday

    • Setting up a Successful Course in AP Chemistry
    • Successful strategies for teaching the new content areas: photoelectron spectroscopy
    • Reflection and debriefing of lab experiences after teaching the redesigned course
    • Assignments: Presentation and Discussion of the most recent AP Exam including a Mock Grading exercise
    • Guided Inquiry Lab
    • Lab debriefings
    • Use of statistics in lab data analysis
    • Use of graphing calculators
    • Best Practices: Continuation of sharing of materials from major content or problem areas

    Thursday

    • Incorporating successful inquiry labs
    • Converting traditional to inquiry labs
    • Converting items from released AP exams into the new type of question format
    • Analyzing test data
    • Score distributions
    • Instructional Design and Assessment
    • Assignments: Presentation and Discussion of the most recent AP Exam
    • Guided Inquiry Lab
    • Lab debriefings
    • Best Practices: Continuation of sharing of materials from major content or problem areas

    Friday

    • Inquiry in the classroom
    • Assignments: Presentation and Discussion of the most recent AP Exam
    • Presentation of Useful Chemistry Websites
    • Scoring the AP exam
    • AP Report to teachers
    • What to do after the Exam
    • Lab debriefings and cleanup
    • Final Participant Sharing Session

    Participants are asked to bring the following:

    • Your school ID Badge to wear during all sessions
    • A TI 83 or TI 84 calculator
    • A Laptop or notebook
    • A flash drive with your favorite Chemistry activity, experiment, or teaching activity to share with other participants. (Alternatively, bring 25-30 hard copies)
    • A Chemistry website which you have found to be useful in your classroom. (Email the URL to me with a short annotation; It will be added to a shared website.)

    Lots of sharing of ideas and best practices. Exceeded my expectations.

    –Past Client

    Instructor: JOHN HNATOW

    John Hnatow taught chemistry for 36 years at Emmaus High School in the East Penn School District in Emmaus, PA, where he was also chairperson of the science department. John is an experienced AP Chemistry and Pre-AP science consultant, a chemistry workshop leader, an AP exam reader, table and question leader, and is currently serving a second term on the AP Chemistry Development Committee. He is co-chair of the AP Chemistry Redesign Committee, a College Board Advisor, and has been a member of the College Board's Science Academic Advisory Committee. John is a mentor teacher for the New Orleans public and charter schools and has presented Saturday sessions for both the National Mathematics and Science Initiative (NMSI) program and the REACH program. He is also a Dreyfus master teacher and was team leader of the WWNFF CHEM4 Chemistry team, with whom he presented over 27 weeklong TORCH institutes for chemistry teachers throughout the country. He has presented numerous topics at ACS meetings, Chem Ed conferences, and performed demonstrations in the Flinn-sponsored "An Incredible Evening of Chemistry" at an NSTA meeting in Boston. His notable national awards include the Discovery Center Science Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee, the CMA Catalyst Award, the Tandy Technology Scholars Award, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.

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    Institute Faculty

    The faculty have been selected for their teaching expertise, creativity, innovations in teaching and experience with the AP* Program curriculum. All faculty members are endorsed and certified by the Middle Atlantic Regional Office of The College Board and have demonstrated a commitment to excellence that is second to none.

    Daily Schedule

    Classes are scheduled from Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Class check-in begins at 7 a.m. with as brief orientation at 7:20 a.m.

    Participants receive a catered lunch at a waterfront restaurant each day.

    Morning and afternoon coffee/snack breaks are provided each day.

    An Opportunity for Learning and Interacting

    Instructors encourage sharing among participants that will enhance the knowledgeand skills of all participants for effective teaching. The opportunity to exchange and communicate with instructors and colleagues within the Middle Atlantic Region and beyond is a valued support resource for the entire school year.

    Course Questions?

    Questions/concerns about your particular course can be addressed by going to course description and clicking on the instructor’s name. You will then be able to e-mail the instructor. Any problems call the Lewes Summer Institute office at 302-644-0277.

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