Physics 1

July 6 - 10
Instructor: Jesús Hernandez

In this workshop, participants will strengthen their understanding of the content of AP® Physics 1 curriculum and familiarize themselves with teaching techniques that have been designed to increase student understanding through inquiry lab practices and problem solving. Topics will include the AP® Physics 1 course description, content coverage and focuses, pacing and organizational strategies, and hands-on labs that meet the college level requirement. In addition, this workshop will focus on the new AP® Classroom AP® Physics I material as well as the course syllabi audit process, AP® Physics test development, and exam grading practices. 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 are expected to take an active role in the institute including discussing teaching strategies, presenting AP® labs and demos, solving problems from the free-response section of previously administered AP® Physics 1 exams and from samples of new tests, and setting up rubrics for grading their own work on these free-response questions according to the AP® reading processes.

About the Instructor

Jesus Hernandez

Jesús Hernandez has taught physics at Lawrence High School in Massachusetts, and at The Manhattan Center for Science and Math High School in New York City, during the last twenty years. He was a member of the AP® - Physics C Test Development Committee for seven years and an AP® Physics consultant since 2004. Mr. Hernandez recently authored one of the Course Planning and Pacing Guides for AP® Physics 2. The document is available on 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 has also 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, he was selected for the 2011 MIT Inspirational Teacher Award and he has been a NYC Math For America Master teacher fellow since 2014.

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