Summer Workshops allow teachers to perform activities that cover the course material for the featured topic as if they were the students exploring and becoming familiar with these concepts firsthand. Teachers actively practice ‘process of science’ skills using data-generating models, simulations of phenomena, evidence-based debates, student-designed experimentation and other applied methods that are relevant to the topic for that week.
Training in the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core, Advanced Placement® College Board, and International Baccalaureate® science course standards is achieved by clarifying and modeling the implementation of these requirements. After an activity, or sometimes in the middle of an activity, we may break out of the student mode to discuss teaching challenges such as grading, classroom management, pacing, note-taking and other tasks that make the implementation of a flipped classroom successful. If you are looking for professional development that will sharpen your skills and widen your repertoire of techniques that can be used to differentiate learning, identify and dispel misconceptions, and increase student involvement and critical thinking, this is the professional development for you.
In the fall of 2019, the AP College Board will implement new curriculum requirements for all AP science courses. Although the bulk of the content for most courses has not changed, the instructional approach has. Teachers will be expected to deliver the course content in a manner that develops stronger scientific practices and increases the depth of data analysis. Specific instructional strategies are suggested with the expectation that teachers utilize a student-centered approach for a larger portion of class time. If you would like help learning how to use instructional strategies that increase scientific skills and place the student at the center of the learning process, please join me for a Summer Workshop–scroll down for 2019 topics and dates. For detailed information about the changes occurring in the AP sciences for 2019-20 please download the Course and Exam Descriptions (CED):
For multiple teachers attending an event or a teacher attending multiple events, please use the coupon code WS10 to receive 10% off the tuition for each workshop.