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Physics 1 & 2

Connie Wells

Connie Wells has a Master of Science Degree in Physics from The University of Kansas and is currently an adjunct instructor of physics at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. She has taught Physics, AP Physics B, AP Physics C and AP Physics 2 at the high school level for over twenty five years. She has been active in test scoring and development for The College Board since 1995, serving on the AP Physics B and C Test Development Committee from 1997-2001. In 2006, Connie was appointed to the AP Physics Redesign Commission and served as Co-Chair of the AP Physics 1 and 2 Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee; she became co-chair of the AP Physics 2 Development Committee from the time it formed until 2015. As a workshop leader and College Board institute consultant, she has presented teacher training institutes throughout the United States and abroad—including Edmonton (AB, Canada), Hawaii, Saipan (Northern Marianas Islands), Barranquilla (Colombia), Bangkok, Skopje (Macedonia), Shanghai, Tokyo, Harbin (China), Taipei (Taiwan), Hangzhou (China),
Beijing, and most recently in Pudong, Shanghai. In August, 2015, she was named Woman Physicist of the Month by the American Physical Society.

Course Description

Participants in this summer institute will have the opportunity to meet and learn from others who are developing Advanced Placement Physics programs in their schools.  Current and aspiring AP Physics 1 and/or AP Physics 2 teachers will strengthen their knowledge of the subject, become familiar with the AP Physics  program and its changing scope and sequence, and develop laboratory and demonstration materials for use in their own classrooms.  They will come away from the institute with many materials, including the College Board AP Physics packet, tests and solutions from past years, sample course syllabi, and the solutions to the 2020 exams. Time will be spent working on problem solving techniques and discussing approaches to teaching AP Physics —including the role of vertical teaming, development of a course syllabus, and designing labs and assessments that address higher order thinking skills. Participants will be given the opportunity to work in small groups to model inquiry-based laboratory design increasingly emphasized by the AP Physics courses, selecting the lab work from a variety of options that best fit the teacher’s course needs.  As time permits, new AP teachers will be given guidance in preparing a course syllabus. Participants should bring a calculator, notebook and a few optional items such as a laptop or ipad, handout or favorite demonstration to share, and simple tools (scissors, pliers, screwdrivers).


Five-day Course July 12-16, 2021
Day 1: MONDAY, JULY 12  (All times Pacific Daylight Time)

8:30am-10:00am        Morning Meeting Session I (Via Zoom)


Overview of the Week and Expectations

The AP 1 and 2 Courses and Course Materials

10:00-10:15am            Break

10:15am-11:15pm      Morning Meeting Session II (Via Zoom)

                             College Board Required Overview of AP Materials

                             Courses and Exam Descriptions

11:15-12:15pm            Lunch

12:15pm-1:45pm       Afternoon Meeting Session III (Via Zoom and Breakout Rooms)

Small Group Work on most recent available Exams

                                       Small Group Production of Problem Presentations

2:00pm-4:30pm          Afternoon Meeting Session IV

                            Meet briefly at 2:00 to set up individual assignments

Asynchronous: Work through individually or with your breakout group  the solutions to the latest available Free Response Exams

Review the CB powerpoint on YouTube Quick Start


8:30am-10:00am        Morning Meeting Session I (Via Zoom)

                            Continue Overview of College Board Materials

10:00-10:15am            Break

10:15am-11:15pm     Morning Meeting Session II (Via Zoom)

                            Problem Presentations

11:15-12:15pm           Lunch

12:15pm-1:45pm        Afternoon Meeting Session III (Via Zoom)

                             Laboratory Work

Start Presentations

2:00pm-4:30pm          Afternoon Meeting (Via Zoom and Breakout Rooms)

Asynchronous Work: Complete the group FR presentations

Review the CB ppt Instructional Planning Report

Start working on the 2+-unit syllabus for your course                         


8:30am-10:00am        Morning Meeting (Via Zoom)

Review & Discuss Homework

Daily Lesson

10:00-10:15am            Break

10:15am-11:15pm     Individual Activities (Via Zoom)

                            Readings & APSI Workbook Activities

                            Discussion Boards

11:15-12:15pm           Lunch

12:15pm-1:45pm        Afternoon Meeting Session III (Via Zoom and Breakout Rooms)

                            Small Group Work on 2019 and 2020 Exams

                                     Small Group Production of Problem Presentations

2:00pm-4:30pm         Afternoon Meeting Session IV

                            Meet briefly at 3:00 to set up individual assignments

                            Asynchronous (individually and with small group): 

Start working on the Unit Syllabus (2 units minimum)

Starting Solving 2019 M.C.

Work on AP Classroom

Design at least two experiments in your group


8:30am-10:00am        Morning Meeting (Via Zoom)

Review & Discuss Homework

Daily Lesson

10:00-10:15am            Break

10:15am-11:15pm      Breakout Discussions (Via Zoom and Breakout Rooms)

                            Small Group Discussions

                            Small Group Activities

11:15-12:15pm            Lunch

12:15pm-1:45pm        Afternoon Meeting Session III (Via Zoom and Breakout Rooms)

   Presentation of Pivot Interactives for Virtual Labs

                                         Group Work on 2019 Multiple Choice Samples

2:00pm-4:30pm             Afternoon Meeting Session IV

                               Meet briefly at 3:00 to set up individual assignments


  Complete your two unit syllabus

   Develop a best practice presentation for tomorrow

Day 5: FRIDAY, JULY 16

8:30am-10:00pm           Morning Meeting Session I (Via Zoom)

                                Best Practice Presentations

10:00-10:15am              Break

10:15am-10:45am        Morning Meeting Session II (Via Zoom)

 Finish Discussion of Multiple Choice Question Types     and 2019


10:45-11:00                    Break

11:00am-12:00pm        Meeting/Wrap Up (Via Zoom)

  Wrap-Up/Q and A

REMINDER:  Make sure your complete contact information has been filled in on Google Docs to receive prize entries, coupons, etc., and maintain group connections

NOTE:  If you are taking the institute for course credit, the assigned work you need to present to me includes the following in addition to anything required by the accrediting institution:

  1. Completed syllabus for two units of your choice, following the guidelines presented during the session
  2. A laboratory write-up for one lab of your choice, from labs presented during the session, and following the guidelines in the Laboratory Journal document.
  3. A set of photos or one brief 1-2 minute video for use with your students of a lab segment or demonstration of your choice.

This course will be assessed a $35 lab fee