APSI: AP Physics 1: Algebra-based for New Teachers, Week 1

What do the AP Physics Readers look for and what would they tell AP teachers? Why does the AP Physics Exam allow a calculator on all parts when it seems it wasn’t really used much on the exam? How can an AP Physics teacher deliver a course that will prepare students to reason and write about the physics they understand as opposed to teaching kids to recognize specific problem styles, given information and crank out the RIGHT numerical answer? How do I start/build up an AP Physics course in my first few years?


Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

This workshop will address these questions and more, focusing on topics and teaching strategies that will help you clearly understand and implement an AP Physics 1 course. Whether you are transitioning from your current program, or improving the AP Physics 1 program you already have, participants will learn:

+ to develop an AP Physics 1 syllabus to pass the AP Audit
+ the art of the inquiry lab in many strategic topics
+ strategies and tips for converting current labs and problems into that inquiry style that will be necessary to prepare for the AP Physics 1 exam
+ the structure of the AP Physics 1 Exam and how to grade a mock exam
+ teaching tactics for high retention of conceptual concepts
+ specific content instruction on many challenging topics include rotation, torque and angular momentum


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42817 Barbara Watson On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Instructor: Barbara Watson

Lead Consultant

Barbara Watson began her career teaching at an international school in the Caribbean. She has taught all levels of physics including AP Physics B, 1, 2, & C both Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism in the public schools for the last twenty-seven years. She serves as both an AP Physics Reader and College Board Consultant for all levels of AP Physics. In January of 2018, she was selected as a member of the instructional design team for AP Physics 1 by the College Board.  She is a past presenter at the AP National Conferences in San Antonio, Austin, Texas, Anaheim, California and will present again at the AP Annual Conference, July 2017 in Houston, Texas.  She has piloted labs for the College Board in both AP Physics 1 and 2.  Her earliest positions were at the Carol Morgan School in the Dominican Republic and in the Fairfax County School District in northern Virginia. For the last seventeen years, she has taught AP Physics at J.J. Pearce High School in the north Dallas suburb of Richardson, Texas. Her passion is inclusiveness in the AP Program, and she is always working at the national, district and classroom levels to have the diversity of the community reflected in the AP classroom. Her great joy by far is to teach the wonder of physics daily to students! Barbara resides in Richardson, Texas with her husband and three children.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 10, 2018

End Date: July 13, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $605 Tuition includes College Board Exam Resources, course materials, parking and lunch.

Early Registration: $555 if registering by April 9

Late Registration: $655 if registering after June 25

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30

  • Linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics
  • Energy
  • Simple harmonic motion
  • Mechanical waves and sound
  • Electrostatics and simple circuits

In addition to AP Physics 1, Mrs. Watson teaches both AP Physics 2 and AP Physics C: Mechanics and E-Mag. While this institute will not be focused on these other courses, she is happy to answer questions and share ideas for AP Physics 2 and AP Physics C as time allows for teachers who are teaching multiple AP Preps.

  • Laptop
  • Smart phone