Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page
|Name:||Mechanics Modeling Workshop|
|School/Institution:||University of New Mexico|
|Department/Unit:||Physics and Astronomy|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
|Teacher Level:||Middle School
|Description:||This workshop is for physics and physical science teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms. The workshop will occur at the University of New Mexico; it is open to high school and middle school science teachers nationwide.
Jeff Saul, Ph.D., Physics Education Researcher, University level modeler, and UNM Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy
To exemplify effective instruction, this workshop is taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Physics content in mechanics 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 the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education.
Student activities are organized into modeling cycles that engage students systematically in all aspects of modeling. (Specifics of the modeling cycle are at http://modeling.asu.edu.) 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.
For questions, please email Jeff Saul: SaulJ@me.com
Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program. Visit http://modeling.asu.edu/MW_nation.html to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide, and to view possible strategies on how to gain funding (if needed) to attend.
Benefits and Requirements
|Cost:||FREE. UNM graduate credit available at additional cost.|
College Transcript Credit
|Benefit Explanation:||Funded by Conoco-Phillips.
Optional graduate credit is low cost (three credits)
Housing in dorm or extended stay motel.
Each teacher will receive $400 worth of materials, including $250 of lab supplies.
$750 stipend for New Mexico teachers.
|Other Prerequisites:||One semester of college level algebra-based physics is highly recommended.|
Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information
Jeff Saul, Ph.D., Lecturer in Physics
Department of Physics, University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Phone: (954) 665-5373