Judy Adler earned both her B.S. degree in Physics and M.Ed. degree from UCLA. She started teaching AP* Physics in 1996. Judy has taught AP* Physics B, AP* Physics C Mechanics, AP* Physics C E&M and AP* Physics 1. She has also been an AP* Physics reader in various years starting in 1999 and currently sits on the AP Physics C Test Development Committee. Judy has taught in both public (Burbank USD) and private school settings and currently teaches at Brentwood School, an independent coed day school in Los Angeles, California.
AP* Physics 1 Institute Syllabus
Overview: Participants in this summer institute will have the opportunity to meet and learn from others who are teaching or plan to teach Advanced Placement Physics in their schools. This institute is designed to be collaborative for all attendees as they strengthen their knowledge of the subject, become familiar with the AP* Physics program, and develop laboratory and demonstration materials for use in their own classrooms. They will come away from the institute with materials, including the College Board* AP* Physics packet, tests and solutions from past years, sample course syllabi, and the solutions to the most recent exams. Time will be spent working on problem solving techniques and discussing approaches to teaching AP* Physics-including 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 the inquiry-based laboratory design required by the new AP* Physics 1 course. The presenter will familiarize participants with the curriculum framework and exam model for the new AP* Physics 1 course and help them prepare to teach that course in the coming year.
• Introduction and overview of institute goals
• Review materials supplied for institute participants
• review AP* Physics 1 course content and review of Curriculum Framework
• Group work with sample Physics 1 test items
• Discuss a plan for preparation of individual course syllabi
• Small group preparation of previous years’ Free Response
• Presentations of solutions to previous years’ Free Response questions.
• Discussion of the process of reading and scoring AP* exams
• Modeling the lab inquiry process for AP Physics
• Laboratory journal/student lab records
• Design a lab experiment, using the student lab inquiry model
• Examination and discussion of multiple choice questions
• Laboratory design #2 and group presentations
• Discuss testing of laboratory skills on the exam and development of scoring rubric
• Develop a summary of ideas for implementation of a laboratory plan that includes adding new technology and incorporating student-led laboratory design
• "Best Practice" presentations by participants
• Wrap up