Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page
|Name:||Mechanics Modeling Workshop in Mobile|
|School/Institution:||McGill-Toolen Catholic High School|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
post-secondary physics faculty
|Teacher Level:||High School
|Description:||This workshop is open to all high school physics teachers worldwide.
The Modeling Workshop in 1st semester physics is an intensive 2 or 3-week course with these goals:
1. educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided inquiry method of teaching, and improve content understanding at the same time,
2. help participants integrate computer courseware effectively into the science curriculum,
3. help teachers make better use of national resources for science education,
4. establish electronic network support and a learning community among participants,
5. strengthen local institutional support for participants as school leaders in disseminating standards-based reform in science education.
The main objective of the 1st summer Modeling Workshop is to acquaint teachers with all aspects of the modeling method of instruction and develop some skill in implementing it. To that end, teachers are provided with a fairly complete set of written curriculum materials to support instruction organized into coherent modeling cycles (as described in Wells et al., 1995). The modeling cycle is described at http://modeling.asu.edu/modeling-HS.html.
Experience has shown that most teachers require at least three weeks (or 80 to 90 contact hours in 2 weeks) of intensive workshop to begin to implement it.
The physical materials and experiments in the curriculum are simple and quite standard, already available in any reasonably equipped classroom.
To develop familiarity with the materials necessary to fully implement them in the classroom, we find that teachers must work through the activities, discussions and worksheets, alternating between student and teacher modes. Each unit in the course manual includes an extensive Teacher Notes section. Throughout the course, teachers are asked to reflect on their practice and how they might apply the techniques they have learned in the course to their own classes.
Modeling Instruction is aligned with the eight science practices outlined in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Standards.
Peer leader: Tim Burgess
Location: McGill-Toolen Catholic High School
all day MTWThF
For questions on content, please e-mail Tim Burgess, Science Department Chair.
Information is here.
For more information, contact the Workshop Director, Dr. Lisa Griffin. firstname.lastname@example.org
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:||2 weeks (MTWThF)|
or until filled
Benefits and Requirements
|Cost:||$500 (includes daily lunch and instructional materials)|
|Benefit Explanation:||For housing suggestions, please contact Lisa Griffin.
Funding is being sought, for scholarships.
|Other Prerequisites:||Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college physics. The workshop is for
* high school physics and physical science teachers and
* those who intend to begin teaching high school physics next year.
Post-secondary physics faculty are welcome, too.
Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information
Science Dept, 1501 Old Shell Road
McGill-Toolen Catholic High School
Mobile, AL 36606