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

How do I start/build up an AP Physics course in my first few years? 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? What do the AP Physics Readers look for and what would they tell AP teachers?

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. 


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42266 Barbara Watson On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017

INSTRUCTOR: Barbara Watson
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
START DATE: July 18, 2017

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. She has presented at many AP Annual Conferences, most recently July 2016 in Anaheim, California.  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 sixteen years she has taught AP Physics at J.J. Pearce High School in the north Dallas suburb of Richardson, Texas. Barbara has just concluded a stint as the AP Science Lead for the Richardson Independent School District. In that capacity she lead training and vertical team events for Pre-AP and AP Science teachers, and plans and implements district-wide student study sessions for AP Science Exams. 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 2017

Start Date: July 18, 2017

End Date: July 21, 2017

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

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $549.00

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30

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 including rotation, torque and angular momentum


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


  • Laptop
  • Smart phone