I delivered TAPCTEW for the first time in July of 2003 at Auburn University in Auburn, AL, USA at ChemEd 2003, in November of 2003 in Atlanta, GA, USA at the SERMACS 2003 meeting, at GISA in November of 2005 in Atlanta, GA, USA and most recently at Radford University, Radford, VA at ChemEd 2009. I decided to share my ideas on TAPCTEW because my views on teaching AP chemistry constantly appeared to be at odds with many of my American colleagues!
The presentation gives context to, and summarizes, my philosophy of teaching to the test, and attempts to rationalize and validate that approach. Here you can read about the presentation, but to truly understand and appreciate all the nuances, you need to hear me deliver it in person. I hope to deliver the presentation several times again, at various venues in the USA, in the future.
The presentation usually fits into a one hour time slot and is divided into a 45-50 minute long PowerPoint presentation with time at the end reserved for questions and dialogue.
It is important to appreciate that I do not read from the presentation notes verbatim - they simply represent an outline that prompts me, and that inevitably a large amount of context and body language are missing from reading them here, rather than being at the presentation. For a true feel of my views, strategies, philosophies and methods, one would have to attend the presentation in person.
Download Teaching AP Chemistry the English Way presenation notes in .pdf format.
Download Teaching AP Chemistry the English Way Powerpoint presenation in .pdf format.