Chemistry | Advanced Placement Summer Institute

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This course will focus on preparing teachers to teach AP Chemistry, as well as how to hone their practice to help students improve their conceptual understanding within the six Big Ideas.  Participants will practice moving laboratory experiments from directed to guided-inquiry, as well as strategies for building inquiry skills throughout the course, not solely in laboratory.  Participants will engage in many laboratory experiments and classroom activities that can be implemented with minimal preparation in the coming school year.  Participants will practice writing assessment questions that gauge conceptual understanding and align with the revised curriculum framework.

Participants will gain insight into the grading process, as well as an in-depth analysis of the most recent exam, helping them guide students to articulate their understanding of chemistry better in free response questions.  Participants should come prepared to share best practices, collaborate with peers, and challenge their thinking.  Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, as several online simulations and collaboration tools will be utilized.

Meet the Fac‚Äčilitators:

Instructor: Jamie Benigna 

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Jamie Benigna has been a teacher of Chemistry and Physics for 15 years and currently teaches at the Roeper School in Birmingham, MI.  He has served as the co-chair of the AP Chemistry Test Development Committee and has served on the Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee since 2009.  He has been a College Board Consultant, a Reader for the AP Exam, and has presented for the Flinn Scientific Foundation Summer Chemistry Workshops and eLearning series.  He has presented at conferences around the country for 15 years, and he received the Teacher of Promise award from the Michigan Science Teachers Association in 2004.  He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry (Honors) and a Masters in the Arts of Teaching from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.



Presenter: Tony Jacob

Tony Jacob

Dr. Jacob is the Director of the Chemistry Learning Center. He was awarded the James W. Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award (2013), Academic Staff Mid-Career Excellence Award (2002), was the Chemistry Program coordinator for the Summer Enrichment Program (1993-2001), Norman Bassett Award for Outstanding Achievement in Student Services (1999), and helped establish the Institute for Chemical Education SPICE (Student-Presented Interactive Chemistry Experiences) program (1990). 


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