Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page
|Name:||Mechanics Modeling Workshop|
|School/Institution:||Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southeast|
|Department/Unit:||5055 Delemere Avenue|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
|Teacher Level:||High School
|Description:||This workshop is for physics and physical science teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms.
Michigan teachers have priority, but out-of-state teachers can participate if space is available.
Peer leaders: Don Pata of Grosse Pointe North HS
Laura Ritter of Troy High School
Location: Oakland Schools Technical Campus SE, 5055 Delemere Ave,
Royal Oak, MI
Questions on content: LRitter77@gmail.com or 734-649-7039
Other questions? Mike.Gallagher@oakland.k12.mi.us or 248.209.2234
To exemplify effective instruction, this workshop is taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Physics content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials (resources) and work through activities alternately in the roles of student and teacher.
The Modeling Method is introduced as a systematic approach to the design of curriculum and instruction. The name Modeling Instruction expresses an emphasis on making and using conceptual models of physical phenomena as central to learning and doing science. Using models and modeling in science education is recommended by NSES, AAAS Project 2061 and state K-12 science standards.
Student activities are organized into modeling cycles that engage students systematically in all aspects of modeling. (The modeling cycle is described at http://modeling.asu.edu/modeling-HS.html.) The teacher guides students through each modeling cycle, with an eye to improving the quality of student discourse by insisting on accurate use of scientific terms, on clarity and cogency of expressed ideas and arguments. After a few cycles, students gain skill at conducting scientific investigations without excessive prompting from the teacher. The main job of the teacher is then to supply them with more powerful modeling tools. Lecturing is restricted to scaffolding new concepts and principles on a need basis.
Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) or visit http://modelinginstruction.org/teachers/workshops/ to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and strategies to seek funding (if needed) to participate.
|Duration:||No class on July 4 & 5. Follow-up meetings in academic year.|
Benefits and Requirements
|Cost:||$100 tentative (includes materials and lunches)|
College Transcript Credit
|Benefit Explanation:||Funded by the Tri-County Alliance for Public Education.
Participants can get graduate credits or CEUs for an additional fee.
For housing suggestions, please contact Laura Ritter: LRitter77@gmail.com
|Other Prerequisites:||Two semesters of college-level physics|
Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information
Laura Ritter, Physics Teacher
Phone: (734) 649-7039