APSI: AP Physics 1: Algebra-based for New Teachers, Week 3

This AP Summer Institute is intended to prepare new teachers to teach AP Physics 1 for the first time, while offering additional resources to experienced teachers.

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

Participants will review materials and practice strategies to promote the deep conceptual understanding that students need to succeed on the AP Physics 1 exam. Textbooks, grading, pacing, test construction, and exam review techniques will be discussed. Special emphasis will be placed on topics that students struggle with, including rotation and oscillation. The lab component will include challenging lab-based problems, lab write-ups, and teaching experimental design via the Science Practices, an important component of AP Physics exam development. The consultant will share an extensive set of AP problems, quizzes, tests, labs, and other materials. 


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42809 Marc Reif On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Instructor: Marc Reif

Lead Consultant

Marc Reif teaches science at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He has been teaching AP Physics since 1998 and has presented more than 40 AP and Pre-AP Science workshops in the United States and abroad. Mr. Reif authored the AP Physics 2 Curriculum Module on Capacitance. He is the current chair of the SAT Physics Subject Test Development Committee and a member of the College Board Science Academic Advisory Committee. Mr. Reif was a reader for the AP Physics exam from 2002 through 2007. In 2002-2003 he worked with Physics Professors at the University of Arkansas reforming physics and education courses as PhysTEC Physics Teacher in Residence, and served as PhysTEC Visiting Master Teacher from 2011 to 2015. Mr. Reif has presented at national meetings of the American Association of Physics Teachers and Teachers Teaching with Technology. In 2016 he was named the recipient of the College Board Southwest Region AP Award. He holds an MAT in science from the University of North Carolina and renewed his National Board Certification in Teaching Science in 2015.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 31, 2018

End Date: Aug. 03, 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

  • Content with an emphasis on what is most difficult for students 
  • College Board expectations of students and teachers
  • Authoring AP-style questions and rubrics 
  • Guided inquiry labs 
  • Teaching resources developed from Physics Education Research
  • Strategies that maximize student understanding 
  • Laptop (often useful for creating content and viewing AP problems)
  • USB or other external drive (may be useful for exchanging files)
  • Graphing calculator (optional)
  • Labs, demonstrations, or teaching tips to share (optional)