AP Summer Institute

Hosted at St. Johnsbury Academy

Visible Sessions:    July 10 July 17 July 24

Biology

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Elizabeth Cowles

Session 3: Elizabeth Cowles

The “test drive” of the new AP Biology curriculum and examination is over, so it is time for a thorough assessment. We will perform the new laboratories and alternatives. We’ll review the curriculum – from the Big Ideas to the learning objectives – and discuss new materials (texts, study guides.). We will explore how to make adjustments to the curriculum. Throughout the week, participants have the opportunity to share ideas and to work together on preparing for the course audit. We will discuss the 2016 exam results and best teaching practices to help our students succeed.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, an inquiry-based laboratory or case study to share, and a willingness to exchange effective teaching practices/activities with peers in our group discussions.

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Chemistry

July 17
David Crow

Session 1: Cheri Smith

Session 2: David Crow

Session 3: Michael Schaab

The redesigned AP chemistry program is in effect for the 2013-2014 school year. The new course focuses on reasoning and inquiry skills that are essential for success at the college level. To this end, the revised course emphasizes inquiry based labs that are more student-directed. It centers on a more conceptual, qualitative understanding of chemistry, and has less breadth and more depth. The APSI at St. Johnsbury is dedicated to supporting teachers in their transition to the redesigned course as well as those who have already made the transition.

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Chemistry for Experienced Teachers (Advanced Labs - AP Chemistry Laboratory Program)

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Michael Schaab

Session 3: Not Offered

This year’s institute, designed for both new and experienced AP teachers, will provide an intensive five-day program that focuses on the experimental portion of our AP chemistry course. The institute will use guided-inquiry as well as traditional labs to explore a variety of experiments covering each of the six Big Ideas. We will also work out strategies for modifying traditional labs to make them more inquiry-based. The use of three major lab kit suppliers will allow you to evaluate the new guided inquiry lab kits and instructions from Flinn, Carolina, and Wards. Additionally, we will perform experiments from the new laboratory manual developed by the College Board. Some labs will be computer-based using a variety of probes such as pH, colorimetry, and temperature. Participants will work in small groups to perform the labs and then compare results, troubleshoot problems for students, and develop plans to integrate labs into your curriculum. Many of the lab experiments will be followed by in-depth analysis and conclusion discussions. This will allow us to develop and model critical-thinking skills that can be used in the classroom so that inquiry becomes an integrated component of our entire course. Using a dynamic approach in the classroom, participants will experience firsthand how to create a community of scientists, vastly decrease the amount of time, and increase the effectiveness of, their lab grading. The institute will look at how the new curriculum affects the laboratory program. We will examine lab problems from recent AP Exams as well as develop laboratory questions for our own exams. We will also discuss strategies that help prepare students for success on the exam.

Additionally, we will examine the College Board’s access and equity initiatives and the extensive supporting resources available to AP teachers. Most importantly, the institute will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and teaching practices where you will be able to add to and gain from the success and experience of other AP teachers. Many, if not all, of this year’s labs will be different from labs covered in the previous two years so everyone will leave the institute with a list of new labs and ideas that you will want to use in your classrooms and laboratories. As in past St. Johnsbury APSI’s, the week will serve as a springboard for the development of a network of collaborating AP Chemistry teachers. Come for a week of experimentation and collaboration with colleagues from the entire region.

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Computer Science A

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Maria Litvin

The course accommodates participants with different levels of familiarity with Java and OOP. We will study classes and objects, constructors and methods, interfaces and inheritance, strings, arrays and ArrayList, and other topics specified in the AP CS Course Description. We will also review the College Board’s AP materials, work with the “Magpie,” “Pictures,” and “Elevens” labs, recommended by the Development Committee, review the free-response questions from the latest AP CS Exam, and discuss techniques for teaching Java in high school (role play, team projects).

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Computer Science Principles

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Sandy Czajka

Session 3: Jacqueline Corricelli

This workshop is designed for beginning (new) as well as experienced teachers to introduce you to College Board’s newest computer science course called AP CS Principles. This course is a broad introduction to computer science designed to improve access for all students. We will focus on the 7 Big Ideas for this course: Creativity, Abstraction, Data and Information, Algorithms, Programming, The Internet, and Global Impact. We will emphasize specific teaching strategies to accomplish each of these tasks in a diverse learning environment and how to recruit students to ensure diversity. We will discuss in detail the structure of the AP CS Principles Assessment including the two Performance Tasks (administered throughout the school year) and the Multiple Choice exam. Scoring rubrics will be utilized. I will use various sites to explore computer science, organize workshop materials, and to collaborate throughout this week.

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Environmental Science

Session 1: Jim Morrill

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Jim Morrill

This workshop covers the lab/field trips/activities needed to teach APES. The workshop also covers the APES classroom and the nature of the APES exam. Additional, there are four field trips: a soil workshop, a tour of the Ryegate wood chip electrical generating plant, a class and a tour of the STJ Sewer Plant, and an outdoor class covering easy exercises for forestry field work.

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Physics C Mechanics

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Gardner Friedlander

This workshop will help both new and experienced instructors develop a rigorous and enjoyable calculus-based course targeting the AP Physics C examinations in mechanics and electricity-magnetism. We will discuss fundamental principles, try out the demonstrations that illustrate them, examine past exam problems and review scoring briefly. A large part of our time will be spent doing laboratory experiments, typically three of four per day, and discussing the logistics and options related to a laboratory program. Participants should bring a calculator, and, if convenient, a laptop computer for data analysis.

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Physics I

Session 1: John Schutter

Session 2: Gardner Friedlander

Session 3: Not Offered

This workshop is designed to assist AP physics teachers offering the new Physics I course. The emphasis will be on developing an understanding of major physics concepts (depth of the subject) rather than problem-solving techniques. Topics covered will be Newtonian mechanics with special focus on new area of rotational kinematics and dynamics, some areas of electrostatics and circuits, and wave motion.

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Physics II

Session 1: Not Offered

Session 2: John Schutter

Session 3: Not Offered

This workshop will focus on physics topics to be tested in the Physics 2 which include more on electric circuits including capacitors, electrostatics, magnetic fields, electromagnetism, physical and geometric optics, fluids, thermodynamics with kinetic theory, PV diagrams and probability, and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics.

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Pre-AP Science

Session 1: Marian DeWane

Session 2: Not Offered

Session 3: Not Offered

This workshop is of interest to all science teachers.It focuses on preparing students to be successful in the AP science courses offered by the College Board. Hands-on activities and examples will be used for all concepts. All participants need to have calculators and closed-toe shoes (for labs).

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