Physics 1

In this workshop, participants will strengthen their understanding of the content of AP* Physics I curriculum and familiarize themselves with teaching techniques that have been designed to increase student understanding through inquiry lab practices and problem solving.  The content coverage is flexible according to participant need with emphasis on topics which are more difficult to teach and more challenging for the students to learn.  This will likely include in mechanics: rotation (rotational inertia, torque, angular momentum, etc.) and oscillation. The consultant will share an extensive set of AP problems, quizzes, tests, labs, and other materials. Participants will learn content with an emphasis on what is difficult for students; become familiar with College Board expectations of students and teachers; author their own AP-style questions and rubrics; practice a set of guided inquiry labs (including low-tech options and labs for rotation); investigate teaching resources developed from Physics Education Research; work collaboratively to share and practice new strategies that maximize student understanding. Throughout the week, sample test questions from past exams will be used with content reviews and compare them with the style sample questions designed for the incoming tests.

Participants should bring: Laptop (a USB or other external drive may be helpful); Labs, demonstrations, or teaching tips to share (optional).

August 6 - 9, 2018; (Monday-Thursday) 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Course Number: EDU 524 section:
(3 graduate credits or 2 in-service credits)
Rockville Centre Campus
1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY
Tuition and Fees: Graduate: $900 or in-service: $795

 Instructor: Jesus Hernandez has taught physics at Lawrence High School in Massachusetts and at The Manhattan Center for Science and Math HS in New York City during the last sixteen years. He is a member of the AP*- Physics C Test Development Committee and an AP* Physics consultant since 2004. He is also a Master Teacher at He has been an AP* physics reader for seven years. Mr. Hernandez recently authored one of the Course Planning and Pacing Guides for AP* Physics 2. The document is available in the College Board AP* Physics site. Mr. Hernandez has been trained to facilitate Pre AP* Science and the Creating a Learner Centered Classroom workshops. He also has been coaching new AP* Consultants and AP* physics teachers. Mr. Hernandez was an advisory board member of the Physics for the 21st Century program produced by the Science Media Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He was a Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science teaching in 2005 and he was selected as the 2011 MIT Inspirational Teacher Award.

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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