This week will further examine the content, approach and lab work necessary for success in the redesigned AP Chemistry course.
Participants should have two or more years of successful AP Chemistry teaching experience and should be comfortable with the basic content of the course. Active learning (POGIL-style) activities will be investigated to enhance student comprehension of the more conceptual style course. Participants will develop and share course activities and new question types. Because of an unforeseen conflict in laboratory space this summer at Rice, laboratory activities will be limited to virtual labs. Hands-on labs will be discussed and stream-lined versions of the traditional labs will be provided.
Kristen Jones retired after 26 years of teaching AP and Pre-AP Chemistry at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, TX. She has been teaching AP/pre-AP science teacher workshops across the US for 24 years. She is currently mentoring teachers for NMSI and consultants for College Board, as well as writing and editing textbooks, tests, and on-line materials for several publishers. She is the co-author of the newly released Fast Track to a 5 for AP Chemistry to go with the new 10th edition of the Zumdahl AP text. In 2000, Ms. Jones was named the Outstanding Secondary Science Teacher in Texas, and she has also received the American Chemistry Council Catalyst award, Siemens Foundation award for Advanced Placement, American Chemical Society Southwest Regional award, College Board Advanced Placement Special Recognition award, ACT2 Outstanding Chemistry Teacher in Texas award and Sigma Xi Outstanding Secondary Science Teacher award. Her students had a greater than 95 percent pass rate on the AP exam, and they have also been winners in many national science competitions.