Judy Adler
Judy Adler earned both her B.S. degree in Physics and M.Ed. degree from UCLA. She started teaching AP* Physics in 1996. Judy has taught AP* Physics B, AP* Physics C Mechanics, AP* Physics C E&M and AP* Physics 1. She has also been an AP* Physics reader in various years starting in 1999 and currently sits on the AP Physics C Test Development Committee. Judy has taught in both public (Burbank USD) and private school settings and currently teaches at Brentwood School, an independent coed day school in Los Angeles, California.
AP* Physics 1 Institute Syllabus
Summer, 2021 Online
Overview: Participants in this summer institute will have the opportunity to meet and learn from others who are teaching or plan to teach Advanced Placement Physics in their schools. This institute is designed to be collaborative for all attendees as they strengthen their knowledge of the subject, become familiar with the AP* Physics program, and develop laboratory and demonstration materials for use in their own classrooms. They will come away from the institute with materials, including the College Board* AP* Physics packet, tests and solutions from past years, the AP Physics 1 Workbook, and sample course syllabi. Time will be spent working on problem solving techniques and discussing approaches to teaching AP* Physics-including development of a course syllabus and designing labs and assessments that address higher order thinking skills. Participants will be given the opportunity to work in small groups to model the inquiry-based laboratory design required by the AP* Physics 1 course. The presenter will familiarize participants with the curriculum framework and exam model for the AP* Physics 1 course, introduce College Board online resources, and help them prepare to teach that course in the coming year. The workshop will be conducted online only. Participants will meet with each other and the presenter online in a synchronous format as well as working individually or with a smaller group asynchronously. Some of the lab work will be completed using online lab sites and some will be demonstrations or use common household materials. Most materials will be provided through a learning management system available online.
Sample Schedule for the Week
Day 1
• Introduction and overview of institute goals 
• Review materials supplied for institute participants 
• Introduction to virtual lab platforms
• Review AP* Physics 1 course content and review of Curriculum Framework 
• Preparation of presentation of Curriculum Framework specifics 
Day 2  
• Presentation of Curriculum Framework specifics 
• Discuss a plan for preparation of individual course syllabi 
• Discussion of the process of reading and scoring AP* exams 
• Lab work with virtual labs 
• Group work with Physics 1 test items 
• Small group preparation of presentations of previous years’ Free Response questions
Day 3  
• Presentations of solutions to previous years’ Free Response questions
• Examination and discussion of multiple choice questions 
• Modeling the lab inquiry process for AP Physics 
• Laboratory design in groups
• Individual Design of a lab experiment, using the student lab inquiry model
Day 4  
• Discuss testing of laboratory skills on the exam and development of scoring rubric 
• Discuss of what if this continues into next year – for a few months, or for the whole year 
• Review of other useful materials (AP Classroom, ranking tasks, etc...)
• Content module – reinforcing more complex topics (from participant requests) 
• Group work to develop course materials 
Day  5
• Presentations of Individually Designed lab experiments
• Presentations of developed course materials 
• "Best Practice" sharing by participants (demos or favorite labs)
• Wrap up