The focus of the instructional time will be on the four major essay topics – kinetics, equilibrium (gaseous, acid-base, and limited solubility), electrochemistry, and thermodynamics - as they relate to the new AP curriculum.
Mixed with the instruction will be a variety of lab activities with a focus on the guided inquiry method. Time permitting, secondary topics such as bonding, solutions, and lab procedures will also be covered. Successful strategies for covering the topics and for preparing the students for the AP Exam will be the underlying theme for the week.
While this course is especially geared to help teachers get their program started, there is plenty for experienced teachers to do as well. With the major revisions to the chemistry curriculum, part of the week will be spent discussing these changes. Participants will receive a usb drive that contains resources for both their AP program as well as first-year chemistry courses. Through this workshop, teachers will strengthen their own professional skills and learn techniques to help students prepare and connect with college.
- Learners will plan for implementing an AP Chemistry course, creating a year-long syllabus outlining topics to be covered as well a laboratory schedule.
- Learners will demonstrate an understanding of the AP Chemistry concepts, as well as appropriate teaching and assessment strategies, by developing a unit plan with corresponding lesson plans.
- Learners will gain experience in setting up and performing the required laboratories.
- Learners will become familiar with the administration and evaluation of the AP Chemistry exam, developing and scoring free response items.
- Learners will become more familiar with requirements and changes regarding the new AP Chemistry curriculum.
About the Instructor
During his teaching career, which spans over 40 years, Mike Arim has taught all levels of physics and biology--although his focus for the past three decades has been AP and Honors Chemistry. He has taught in both public and private school and at the university level (UNC-Charlotte). Mike has served as an AP Table Leader & Reader and as a College Board Consultant since the early 90’s. He earned his degrees at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (B.A., B.S., and MAT) and he is a National Board Certified Teacher. Among his awards are the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Outstanding H.S. Chemistry Teacher for the Southeast Region, the Time-Warner Cable Star Teacher Award, the Spratt Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Science Teacher Governor’s Award. In 2015, he was selected by College Board to conduct a week-long workshop for chemistry teachers in China. Mike conducts workshops – week long Summer Institutes, 1-day and 2-days - throughout the USA.
- Teachers will need to bring a calculator and safety goggles. A laptop is highly recommended.
- They are reminded that open-toe shoes are not permitted in the lab.
- Lab coats/aprons/gloves are optional.