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CHEMISTRy

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

    Day 1:

    • Welcome, Introductions & Expectations
    • Curriculum Guidelines/Course Description/Equity and Access/Handbook Contents
    • Explore the AP Exam
    • The AP Course Audit
    • Big Ideas and dealing with “exclusion statements”
    • Big Idea 6: Chemical Equilibrium
      • Overview
      • Equilibrium Lab
      • Inquiry Learning Activities
      • Scaffolding and Differentiated Learning
      • Scoring FRQs

    Day 2:

  • Textbook Selection, Course Design, Homework, Tests, Strategies
  • Big Idea 5: Thermodynamics
    • Overview
    • Lab
    • Inquiry Learning Activity
    • Scaffolding and Differentiated Learning
    • Scoring FRQs
    • Best Practices Sharing
  • Big Idea 4: Kinetics
    • Overview
    • Lab
    • Inquiry Learning Activity
    • Scaffolding and Differentiated Learning
    • Scoring FRQs
    • Best Practices Sharing
  • Day 3:

  • Lab in the AP Class
  • Resources, Reference Materials, AP Central, PhET
  • Big Idea 3: Chemical Reactions
    • Overview
    • Lab
    • Inquiry Learning Activity
    • Scaffolding and Differentiated Learning
    • Scoring FRQs
    • Best Practices Sharing
  • Big Idea 2: Bonding and Intermolecular Forces
    • Overview
    • Lab
    • Inquiry Learning Activity
    • Scaffolding and Differentiated Learning
    • Scoring FRQs
    • Best Practices Sharing
  • Day 4:

    • Big Idea 1: Structure of Matter
      • Overview
      • Lab
      • Inquiry Learning Activity
      • Scaffolding and Differentiated Learning
      • Scoring FRQs
      • Best Practices Sharing

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

    –Past Client

    Instructor: Stephen Pulliam

    Stephen Pulliam is a passionate educator inspiring and challenging students to reach their potential in the classroom and beyond. For nearly 25 years, he has been shaping the minds of his students in the sciences and other STEM classes. In 2003, he began teaching AP Chemistry, became an AP Reader in 2009, and a Table Leader in 2012. In 2015, Stephen piloted materials for the AP Insight Chemistry program and soon thereafter became a consultant conducting workshops across the country. Stephen also serves as a consultant for the National Math and Science Initiative, leading workshops and student study sessions nationwide. Currently Stephen is the Chair of the Science Department at Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, in addition to teaching AP and Honors Chemistry. He also serves as the assistant coach to girls varsity basketball and middle school baseball. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys spending downtime with his wife and children, and especially venturing off on fishing trips with his son.

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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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