This course is designed for the first year AP Chemistry teacher or the AP Teacher who still feels they don't know what they are doing. Trust me, I have been there. This course will focus on preparing teachers to teach AP Chemistry, as well as how to hone their practice to help students improve their conceptual understanding within the six Big Ideas. Participants will practice strategies for building inquiry skills and critical analysis throughout the course, not solely in laboratory. Participants will engage in laboratory experiments supported by Alabama Chemistry in Motion and classroom activities that can be implemented in the coming school year. Participants will gain insight into the AP exam grading process, as well as an in-depth analysis of the most recent exam, helping them guide students to articulate their understanding of chemistry better in free response questions. Participants should come prepared to share best practices, collaborate with peers, and challenge their thinking. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, as several online simulations and collaboration tools will be utilized.
Please bring a computer or tablet, a calculator (the type your students would be using is best) and a list of any questions you have amassed about teaching AP Chemistry.
I have taught for 24 years, 11 of them in AP Chemistry at Bob Jones High School in Madison Alabama. I taught AP Biology for 12 years before switching over to AP Chemistry and have been an AP reader for AP Biology for the last 14 years. I am a Laying the Foundation Trainer for NMSI and lead Saturday review sessions for AP Chemistry around Alabama for A+ College Ready. I can tell you the class I teach this year is different from 5 years ago. I've been working with other teachers for years striving to make the student the hardest working person in the room. I'm a huge fan of the flipped classroom and moving away from lecture and towards student work in class.