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AP Physics 1 and 2: Building Students' Reasoning Skills

For new and experienced AP teachers

Workshop description

This one-day workshop will introduce AP Physics teachers to strategies they can use to engage students in deeper conceptual understanding of foundational physics principles. Teachers will examine what Physics Education Research has found with regards to instructional approaches that support students' enduring understanding of physics concepts. They will also review and engage in several tasks that they can use to help students develop scientific reasoning practices through conceptual-based question types. Participants will leave the workshop with model questions, as well as questions they've developed on their own, for immediate classroom implementation. The revised AP Physics course will go into effect in 2014–2015.

Workshop goal

Participants will learn strategies for incorporating reasoning tasks that build into their Physics curriculum.

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explore Physics Education Research’s findings on students' conceptual understanding of physics
  • Examine several types of reasoning tasks, as well as how they can be applied in the AP Physics classroom
  • Create sample reasoning tasks for use in their classroom


  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Laying the Foundation
  • Tasks for Building Students' Reasoning Skills
  • Workshop Summary and Closing

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