This methodology course surveys the basic structure and content necessary for teaching an Advanced Placement Chemistry course. Chemistry topics such as equilibrium, kinetics, and "how to" problem solving are presented. Class size, student selection, textbooks and labs are also addressed. Special attention is paid to teaching strategies, the AP exam and its grading. Some lab experiments suitable for AP classes are incorporated into the course. Participants receive examples of past AP exams, appropriate tests, worksheets and lab experiments. This institute will provide an opportunity for high school AP Chemistry teachers to observe significant teaching demonstrations, perform experimental procedures using computer interfaced equipment, and to review with presenters a variety of topics covered in AP Chemistry. Teachers will have the opportunity to discuss the methodology of converting typical cookbook lab into a guided inquiry lab.
This course will provide an overview of the redesigned Advanced Placement Chemistry course. In the redesigned AP Exam, the College Board, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, has done the following:
· reduced content breadth to promote conceptual understanding;
· provided an explicit, comprehensive curriculum framework;
· directed that there must be at least six scientific inquiry and student-directed lab exercises with the development of student inquiry skills;
· articulated clear learning objectives;
· redesigned the format for the AP Chemistry Exam (new exam format that was implemented in May 2014).
Participants will have the opportunity to perform several lab exercises that align with the College Board redesign. Best practices will be discussed. Information about the requirements for the AP Chemistry Course Audit for the upcomimg year will be shared.
Please note that this course is a methodology class for teachers with experience teaching chemistry. Content for teaching will be provided for study in the evening.
All the participants will have access for the workshop to sequential course curriculum, and etc.:
• Sequential Course Curriculum
• Links to numerous Sequenced Online Applets
• Lab Activities and Class Demonstrations Sequenced by Topic
• Links to numerous sequenced curriculum video clips
• Class Notes and HW Samples
• Various PowerPoint's, Overhead Notes, Handouts Organized by Topic
• Student Study Guidelines
Instructor: Mark Langella is currently an AP Chemistry instructor at Mahopac High School in New York. He received a BA in Chemistry from Manhattan College, and a MA in Science Education from Lehman College. He is also a NYS certified chemistry and chemical technology instructor. Mark Langella has over 27 years experience teaching AP Chemistry and is a College Board AP Chemistry consultant, as well as, a College Board workshop coordinator.
Mark Langella has over 20 years experience mentoring new AP Chemistry instructors. He is also the founder and director of the Putnam/Westchester Industry and Teacher Alliance and has been a coordinating board member of both the SUNY Purchase Alliance of Chemistry Educators (1990-2000), as well as, the Teaching Center at SUNY Purchase (1999-2002). He has been State Area Representative for Chemistry for a few years. He is also the author of published experimental kits and AP chemistry labs for FLINN Scientific.
July 24 - July 27, 2017; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Course Number: EDU 524 section: 27
(3 graduate credits or 2 in-service credits)
Rockville Centre Campus, 1000 Hempstead Avenue
Tuition and Fees: Graduate: $900 or In-Service: $795
Application & Registration Instructions
The AP* Summer Institutes may either be taken for 3 graduate credits for $900 (no additional fees) or on a non-credit basis for in-service credits for $795 (no additional fees). You tuition includes: complimentary continental breakfast and lunch each day, approved College Board materials, complimentary textbooks (depending upon the institute) and a binder of handouts from the instructor.
You must attend each day to receive in-service credit. If you are taking the course for graduate credit, in addition to attending the institute each day, there is a project that is due within 2 weeks of the conclusion of the institute.
The registration deadline is three weeks prior to the start date of each institute. Late registration may be possible if space and materials are still available.
The application and registration process differs depending upon the type of credit that you would like to receive. Please click here for either graduate or non-credit (in-service) application and registration procedures.
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