Developed for teachers interested in acquiring content and strategies for teaching advanced courses, these seminars will be facilitated by a master teacher and will provide a forum for the exploration and discussion of course content, best practices and instructional strategies.
This one-day workshop will include strategies concerning student use and understanding of particulate representations of physical and chemical processes, with a focus on the instruction of acid/base/buffer systems and electrochemical systems. AP multiple choice and free response questions will be examined and participants will have time to create their own test questions based on examples concerning these topics.
Topics will include the following:
+ Use of particulate diagrams/models in explanations involving reactions in aqueous solutions, weak acid and base equilibrium systems, buffered systems and electrochemical cells
+ Writing "AP-style" questions based on these topics
+ Using manipulatives to aid student comprehension of these topics
Casey Akin teaches Pre-AP and AP Chemistry at College Station High School in College Station, Texas. This is her 15th year of teaching and her 9th year of teaching AP Chemistry. She has been honored each year as a district Star Educator and a Hall of Fame Teacher by the College Station Education Foundation and was the 2015-16 teacher of the year at her school. Casey has been a College Board consultant for five years.
Casey’s students have been extremely successful on the AP test with greater than a 98% pass rate with many students going on to careers in chemistry. Her students have participated and advanced in competitions such as the Siemens Foundation, BEST Robotics, Chemistry Olympiad, UIL Academics in science, Intel ISEF and National Science Bowl.