This 4-day workshop will introduce AP Physics teachers to strategies they can use to engage students in deeper conceptual understanding of foundational physics principles. Teachers will examine what Physics Education Research has found with regards to instructional approaches that support students' enduring understanding of physics concepts. They will also review and engage in several tasks that they can use to help students develop scientific reasoning practices through conceptual-based question types. Participants will leave the workshop with model questions, as well as questions they've developed on their own, for immediate classroom implementation.
The revised AP Physics course will go into effect in 2014–2015.
Consultant: Nancy Moreau
Nancy Moreau, Ph.D., has served as an AP Physics Consultant for over 30 years. Both as a high school teacher in Wappingers Falls, NY and a college professor at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA, Dr. Moreau has helped students and teachers navigate the changing AP Physics courses. She has written review books for the Algebra based course and conducted workshops throughout the country for faculty development. Her focus is inquiry based instruction and incorporating online resources into the high school classroom.
Participants will learn strategies for incorporating reasoning tasks that build into their Physics curriculum.
After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
• Explore Physics Education Research’s findings on students' conceptual understanding of physics
• Examine several types of reasoning tasks, as well as how they can be applied in the AP Physics classroom
• Create sample reasoning tasks for use in their classroom
• Welcome and Introductions
• Laying the Foundation
• Tasks for Building Students' Reasoning Skills
• Workshop Summary and Closing
You may also register with your credit card by calling 215-881-7400. You will be notified promptly of any cancellations or schedule or program changes. We will confirm your enrollment in the program and provide information on travel, accommodations, final registration, and parking.
All cancellations must be received in writing by mail or fax. Refunds, minus a $25 processing fee for each course that is cancelled will be made for cancellations received fifteen days prior to the first day of the program. Refund requests made after that time will not be honored, and the participant or sponsoring organization will be responsible for the fee. Anyone who is registered but cannot attend may send a substitute. Note: If you do not cancel, and do not attend, you are still responsible for payment. Please note: A $250 late registration fee will be assessed if noncredit status is changed to credit status.
The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.
Penn State Abington is not an Act 48 Provider. Penn State Abington will issue a certificate of completion that will detail the name of the program, hours earned (based on attendance) and any other appropriate information. All those enrolled will need to submit certificate to the appopriate school district or intermediate unit so that any earned / completed hours can be submitted and counted on participants' behalf.
This course can also be taken for three graduate credits.