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AP® Physics 1 (New and Experienced Teachers)

June 20-23, 2017

Gallalee Hall

Tuscaloosa, AL

Instructor: Deborah Ormond

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Course Description

This workshop is designed for both beginning and experienced AP physics teachers.   As a current AP Physics teacher, I look forward to working with participants as we explore the extent of the changes in the AP Physics curriculum depth and breadth.  Emphasis on inquiry and conceptual reasoning skills has increased and student learning and retention of the most important ideas in introductory physics is expected to improve.  Explicit incorporation of science practices in the new curriculum requires development of activities, assessments, and laboratory strategies that engage students in acting and thinking like scientists.

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to apply concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Physics 1 curriculum in topics including kinematics, dynamics, simple harmonic motion, rotational motion and mechanical waves.  Examples of the revised exam and student responses will be reviewed to identify strategies to effectively prepare students for the AP Physics 1 exam.

This institute will be collaborative in nature, and focused on the practical aspects of teaching the new course. Please come prepared to share ideas and best practices based on your own teaching experiences. If you are able to bring a laptop computer and a scientific or graphing calculator, please do so.

If you have any questions or particular concerns that you would like addressed in the workshop, please contact me at  Your questions will help me customize the institute to best match the needs of the participants.

Instructor Bio

Deborah Ormond has taught AP physics in Huntsville, AL for over twenty years.  Her experience includes teaching AP C courses in mechanics and electricity and magnetism and AP B physics. Her algebra-based classes are now focusing on the new curriculum for AP Physics 1.  She is a consultant for the College Board and has written questions for the new Physics 1 and 2 exams.  She has been a reader, table leader, question leader, or exam leader at the AP physics reading every summer since 2003.  Her BA and MS degrees are both in physics from Vanderbilt University.  In 2014 she received the Toyota Teacher Leadership award at the Tennessee Valley BEST competition.  She has also received the E. Scott Barr Award awarded by the University of Alabama for excellence in physics teaching.