Methods of Teaching The AP Chemistry Course for Novice Instructors

Chemistry SCE 5180- Manhattanville College

Presented by 

Mark Langella , Veteran AP Chemistry and AP Consultant,  Mahopac High School, Mahopac, New York ( Click for Bio)

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Course Description

This methodology course surveys the basic structure and content necessary for teaching an Advanced Placement Chemistry course. Chemistry topics such as equilibrium, kinetics, and “how to” problem solving are presented.  Class size, student selection, textbooks and labs are also addressed. Special attention is paid to teaching strategies, the AP exam and its grading. Some lab experiments suitable for AP classes are incorporated into the course. Participants receive examples of past AP exams, appropriate tests, worksheets and lab experiments.

This  institute will provide an opportunity for high school AP Chemistry teachers to observe significant teaching demonstrations, perform experimental procedures using computer interfaced equipment, and to review with presenters a variety of topics covered in AP Chemistry. Teachers will have the opportunity to discuss the methodology of converting typical cookbook labs into a guided inquiry labs.

Participants will have the opportunity to perform several lab exercises that align with the College Board redesign. Best practices will be discussed.  For each of the labs AP published related Labs will be Provided and Reviewed. Information about the requirements for the AP Chemistry Course Audit will be shared.

Please note that this course is a methodology class for novice  teachers ( less than six years teaching New AP Chemistry Curriculum) . Content for teaching will be provided for study in the evening.

All participants will have access for the workshop to Sequential Course Curriculum, Links to numerous Sequenced Online Applets, Lab Activities and Class Demonstrations Sequenced by Topic ,Links to numerous sequenced curriculum video clips,Class Notes and HW Samples,Various PowerPoint’s, Overhead Notes, Handouts Organized by Topic ,Student Study Guidelines and Data Acquisition Software.

Day 1 – Focuses on Networking, Distribution of Resources, Equity and Access, Syllabus design, Exam design, Multiple choice design

Day 2-Transitioning to Guided Inquiry Experiments, Guided Inquiry Experiments ,  Kinetics ,Equilibrium

Day 3– Acid Base Chemistry

Day 4– Released Exam Questions Review, Participant Free Response Lessons


The institute will provide information and materials to participating teachers that will:

  • enhance your classroom presentations in many areas of the AP Chemistry program
  • encourage teachers to use methods in their classrooms that involve new demonstration ideas
  • expand the scope of your laboratory activities using computer interfaced equipment
  • provide a forum for discussion and sharing of their materials and ideas
  • refine your skills in examination preparation

Assignments for the workshop will be the submission of a detailed lab write ups and calculations of problems assigned during the lab activities. Each Participant will be asked to present AP problems to all the participants.


Required Texts/Reading

At the workshop, we will distribute to each of participants  a hardcopy of the grading standards for the recent free-response questions as well as a compilation of free-response questions from previous years.  Participants will be assigned AP problems for homework.  Lab data and calculations will be collected and used as part of your assessment.

Content Support

Participants will receive interactive software and online support material to help build content background throughout the program.

Online Reading and Assignments-  PWISTA Mentoring and APSI Resources

Grading Criteria

50 % – Laboratory Assignments and Completed Computations

40 % – Presentation of Assigned AP Problem Presentation

10 %- Attendance

Attendance Policy-   Attendance at  all sessions Required.

Event Date and Registration Information

Date: Monday, June 25th– Thursday ,June 28th, 2018

Time : 8:00 AM-3:30 PM 

Cost:  $695.00 

Place: Science Wing, Mahopac High School, Mahopac, New York

Sponsored by: PWISTA-Mahopac , Manhattanville College  and the  College Board

Credit : A 30-hour certificate toward in-service credit will be issued for use according  to your school district’s policy.

Manhattanville College – Three Graduate Science Education Credits available upon  completion of Project  at an additional cost. For college credit information link

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Participants must register online to secure registration.

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