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Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | September 17, 2020 Lessons Learned from the 2020 AP Chemistry Exam
Chief Reader Paul Bonvallet will describe the genesis of the 2020 AP Chemistry Exam under the highly unusual circumstances of this past spring. The presentation will provide a detailed analysis of 20 questions from this year’s exam, explaining the rationale behind the questions and the policies for scoring them accurately and fairly. Paul will share common misconceptions and errors from these responses and make suggestions on how they can lead to improvements in teaching and learning AP Chemistry. He will also provide information on how to become an AP Chemistry Reader.
Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry, Technology | July 14, 2020 Virtual Summer Symposium: Teaching AP Chemistry Virtually
This session will focus on teaching AP chemistry online. AP teachers will share instructional tools, online activities, and laboratory options for teaching AP chemistry virtually this fall.
Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry, Technology | July 7, 2020 Virtual Summer Symposium: Simulations to Enhance Chemical Instruction
In order to gain understanding of chemical principles, students need to be exposed to concepts in multiple ways. Some simulations can be used to help students visualize chemistry at the particle level while others can be used to model laboratory procedures. In this symposia, various online simulations and accompanying lesson ideas will be shared that are versatile for both in person and online instruction.
Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | April 28, 2020 Laying the Groundwork: Supporting Potential AP & IB Students in an NGSS Course
It can be daunting. There is not a lot of traditional chemistry in the NGSS upon which to build an entire Chemistry course, certainly, many traditional topics are not explicitly mentioned in the standards. Many of us teachers are at different points in our understanding of what the NGSS are and what they represent and I have heard from many teachers who are asking for help and guidance.
Advanced Chemistry | April 21, 2020 Scoring AP Chemistry Free Response Questions – An AP Chemistry Mock Reading
In this webinar, you will experience how Readers are trained to score FRQs. Participants will be trained on the rubric for Question 1 from the 2018 AP Chemistry Operational Exam. Once trained, you will score actual student responses. Then we will go over which points would have been awarded at the Reading. By scoring a variety of student responses, you will see that the way students respond can make it easier, or harder, for the Reader to award points. And through this experience, you will gain confidence in your FRQ scoring abilities.
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | March 4, 2020 Helping Students Show What They Know – An AP Chemistry Review Webinar
Your students have worked hard all year to master the concepts of AP Chemistry. They have slogged through numerous problems, taken many exams, and completed laboratory work. Yet, many of them have trouble “putting it all together” when AP exam time comes. How can we best help them “show what they know”? This is the theme of this AACT AP Chemistry webinar. In this presentation, we will examine responses to several mock questions actual students have answered in the past several months. Answers to these questions will be enlightening as they will allow us to glean insights on how our students attack both conceptual and quantitative questions. Specifically, we hope also to see misconceptions that students often carry with them even after excellent instruction as well as both strong and weak versions of correct responses. By identifying “red flags” now, AP teachers will still have time in their reviews to remove misconceptions and promote clear presentation from their students when May finally arrives. Time will also be allotted to get suggestions on how to review those particularly thorny concepts for both teachers and students. Please join us for this presentation and discussion!
Lab & Safety, Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | December 4, 2019 College-level Labs That Can be Done in 50 Minutes or Less
Do you need college-level labs that don’t take 2-3 hours? In this webinar, Linda Cummings will describe five meaningful labs that take less than 50 minutes each. These labs will cover the topics of kinetics, hydrolysis, entropy, Ka and Ksp and are appropriate for AP/IB classes and general chemistry classes at a college or university.
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | September 5, 2019 Lessons Learned from the 2019 AP Chemistry Exam
During this webinar, Paul Bonvallet, Chief Reader, will outline the logistics and scoring process for the 2019 AP Chemistry exam and discuss practices for consistent, fair, and accurate grading of the free-response section. The presentation will then review in detail all the free-response questions from the 2019 AP Chemistry Exam and highlight the most common student misconceptions revealed during the scoring of the test papers.
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | July 9, 2019 Highlighting AACT Web Resources for Introductory/General Chemistry
Join the experts from the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) on July 9 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET for a webinar to learn about the many AACT resources that can be used in a postsecondary introductory chemistry setting. You’ll learn about AACT web resources for general chemistry instructors, and will then be invited to an ‘AACT Web Open House’ where you can peruse and access resources from the entire AACT website at no cost for 24 hours. Not able to join the webinar? Don’t worry—it will be recorded and available to view following the live recording.
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | April 2, 2019 Teaching Like an AP Reader
Have you ever wondered if an AP Reader collects "insider" tips while grading the AP Chemistry Exams? In this webinar, an experienced AP Reader and Table Leader shares tips that she has gathered during years of participation in the annual AP Reading. After scoring thousands of exams, some patterns emerge that help us realize student misconceptions when we least expect them. Dusty Carroll highlights several places throughout the AP Chemistry curriculum where simple changes in teaching focus can help to increase student understanding, leading to higher AP Exam scores.
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | March 7, 2019 The Mole of Reaction: Why is it Important and Useful
As we gear up for the 2019 AP Chemistry examination, let us put to rest the confusion and controversy that surrounds the “mole of reaction”. Virtually ignored in many textbooks, the mole of reaction is both a fundamental idea and a useful pedagogical tool. This presentation will examine the rationale behind the mole of reaction, its history on the AP exam, and discuss strategies on how to incorporate this critical concept into your classroom throughout your AP course. The first hour of the webinar will focus on the mole of reaction topic and will be followed by a 30 minute of Q&A focusing on reviewing for the AP Chemistry Exam.
Teaching Methods, Advanced Chemistry | February 21, 2019 Building a Bridge to AP: How to Boost Your Honors/Chemistry 1 Course to Support Your Goals
A strong honors/chemistry 1 curriculum can be one of the most powerful tools in boosting AP scores. This webinar will focus on ways in which reverse designing the curriculum in honors/Chemistry 1 can emphasize content and lab skills to save time during the crunch of an AP Class. In addition, tips for boosting enrollment and rapport in AP by establishing enthusiasm and expectations will also be discussed.
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | September 25, 2018 Designing Effective Multiple-Choice Items for Chemistry
As teachers begin the school year, planning often involves a focus on assessment. Multiple-choice questions are commonly used on chemistry tests, despite the fact that many teachers have never been trained in how to write them. AP chemistry teachers face the challenge of finding multiple-choice items that are similar in style and format to those that appear on the AP exam. The theme of this webinar is the process of writing items that emphasize conceptual understanding and higher-order cognitive skills. Co-presenters Michael Farabaugh and Linda Cummings have experience as both AP readers and item writers for the AP exam. They will not only discuss techniques for improving the quality of existing questions but also provide suggestions for how to get started when writing your own. Although this webinar will be beneficial for teachers of AP chemistry, it is intended for any teacher who wants to learn more about the construction of multiple-choice items. Participants will have the option to submit two original multiple-choice questions after they register. Some of these questions will be used as examples during the webinar. Come join us for a presentation that promises to be (A) informative (B) valuable (C) relevant (D) all of the above!
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | September 6, 2018 Lessons Learned from the 2018 AP Chemistry Exam
During this webinar, Paul Bonvallet, Chief Reader, will outline the logistics and scoring process for the 2018 AP Chemistry exam and discuss practices for consistent, fair, and accurate grading of the free-response section. The presentation will then review in detail all the free-response questions from the 2018 AP Chemistry Exam and highlight the most common student misconceptions revealed during the scoring of the test papers. The presenter will suggest several teaching strategies to address these common misconceptions in the classroom and in the teaching laboratory. The webinar will include information on the application process for becoming an AP Chemistry Reader.
Teaching Methods, Advanced Chemistry | April 24, 2018 AP Chemistry – A Review Plan
When one teaches AP Chemistry to sophomores in one year with no previous chemistry course, and at breakneck speed with no breathing room between August and April, review becomes a crucial part of the process. Ask one of my kids what they know about PES in the first week of April and the answer is usually, "What's PES?". As such, one month of review is a vital component in my course. Join Adrian Dingle for a breakdown of what he does to bring his AP students up to speed in the month before the AP exam.
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | March 7, 2018 Helping Students Show What They Know – An AACT AP Chemistry Webinar
Your students have worked hard all year to master the concepts of AP Chemistry. They have slogged through numerous problems, taken many exams, and completed laboratory work. Yet, many of them have trouble “putting it all together” when AP exam time comes. How can we best help them “show what they know”? This is the theme of this AACT AP Chemistry webinar.
Lab & Safety, Advanced Chemistry, Technology | December 6, 2017 Integrating Virtual Labs into the AP/IB Chemistry Curriculum
Virtual chemistry labs can not only help teachers meet specific learning targets in the AP chemistry curriculum, but they also enable students to take an investigative and experimental approach to learning chemistry. Virtual labs can bring textbook concepts to life as students run "what if" experiments on their laptops.
Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | October 18, 2017 The Role of the Journal of Chemical Education in Teaching and Learning
The Journal of Chemical Education (JCE) has a long history of supporting chemistry instructors by providing high quality information. As a world leader in the publication of primary research in chemical education, as well as a source of many practical ideas for teaching chemistry, JCE provides both broad and deep coverage of teaching and learning the central science. The presentation will provide a brief outline of the history and structure of JCE, provide examples of exemplary high school level content and how teachers have used it, and show attendees how to best take advantage of the new AACT benefit of 25 free ACS downloads.
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | September 7, 2017 Lessons Learned from the 2017 AP Chemistry Exam
During this webinar, Paul Bonvallet, Chief Reader, will outline the logistics and scoring process for the 2017 AP Chemistry exam and discuss practices for consistent, fair, and accurate grading of the free-response section. The presentation will then review in detail all the free-response questions from the 2017 AP Chemistry Exam and highlight the most common student misconceptions revealed during the scoring of 160,000 test papers. The presenter will suggest several teaching strategies to address these common misconceptions in the classroom and in the teaching laboratory. The webinar will include information on the application process for becoming an AP Chemistry Reader.
Teaching Methods, Advanced Chemistry | April 5, 2017 Teaching Challenging Concepts using Peer Instruction
AP chemistry involves a strong focus on understanding, explaining, and justifying chemistry at the molecular level. Peer Instruction is a structured approach for helping students improve their understanding of such challenging concepts. This session will introduce the Peer Instruction approach and how the presenter, Dena Leggett, uses it in her classroom.
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | March 28, 2017 Big K, Small k, and Buffers: Merging Equilibrium with Limiting Reactant
As we approach the AP exam, buffers are always a topic that make students (and teachers) cringe. It is in many ways the “capstone” of equilibrium, yet having students develop a strong conceptual understanding (which makes quantitative problem solving that much easier) is always difficult. This webinar examines demos, sample labs, and pedagogical techniques as we delve into this important topic before the 2017 exam. In addition, the webinar examines how the similar ideas could be used to attack problems such as 2016 #6.
Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | March 23, 2017 What’s the Big Idea AP Chemistry Review Redux
If you find the prospect of reviewing the entire AP Chemistry curriculum daunting, you’re not alone. 30 teachers from around the country joined together to create a review presentation to share with fellow educators that is rich with videos, graphics, and key material on the AP exam. All six Big Ideas and College Board Learning Objectives are addressed. Learn how to use the Big Idea Review 2.0 to empower your students to feel more confident on May 1.
Teaching Methods, Teaching Resources, Advanced Chemistry | February 23, 2017 Teaching Students How to Better Answer Non-Calculator Problems
Students in all levels of chemistry seem to struggle when answering questions that require them to explain rather than calculate their responses. Their words seem to fail them when they try to explain why the atomic radius of magnesium is smaller than that of sodium or why the melting point of lithium chloride is so much greater than that of potassium chloride. This webinar summarizes common problems and misconceptions that students have when answering questions about periodicity, bonding, kinetics, equilibrium and acid-base principles. It provides teachers some strategies for helping their students improve their ability to answer non-calculator based problems.
Advanced Chemistry | October 4, 2016 Results from the 2016 AP Chemistry Exam
This presentation outlines the process involved in the creation and refinement of the AP Chemistry Exam, and the elaborate measures taken to ensure the consistent, fair, and accurate grading of the free-response section. The presenter reviews the free-response questions from the 2016 AP Chemistry Exam and highlights the most common student misconceptions revealed during the grading of 154,000 test papers. The presenter also suggests several teaching strategies to address these common misconceptions in the classroom and in the teaching laboratory.
Advanced Chemistry | April 26, 2016 What's The Big Idea? A Last-Minute AP Chem Review
If you find the prospect of reviewing the entire AP Chemistry curriculum daunting—you’re not alone. 30 teachers from around the country have joined together to create a review resource to share with fellow educators that is rich with videos, graphics and key material on the AP exam. Each slide is designed to provide a snapshot of a single College Board Learning Objective (LO). All six Big Ideas and LO’s are addressed so your students can feel more confident on test day.
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