Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page
|Name:||Mechanics Modeling Workshop in New Orleans|
|School/Institution:||New Orleans Parish Schools|
|Department/Unit:||Curriculum & Instruction|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
|Teacher Level:||High School
|Description:||SUPERCEDED. WRONG INFORMATION FOR 2014. JJ
This workshop is for physics and physical science teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms. The workshop will occur at New Orleans Parish Schools and is open to high school science teachers worldwide.
Peer leader: to be announced
Content: to be announced
For questions and registration form, please email Andrea Walker: email@example.com
FAX the REGISTRATION FORM to ANDREA WALKER at 504-379-3826
To exemplify effective instruction, this workshop is taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Content of first semester physics or physical science is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials (resources) and work through the 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:||Two week course meeting M-F with follow-up mentoring for local teachers|
tentative, or until filled
Benefits and Requirements
|Cost:||In 2013, the workshop was free to local public school teachers, $300 for all others.|
|Benefit Explanation:||A stipend may be available for local teachers.
Low-cost housing may be available; reserve early. A housing list is at
For questions and registration form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
FAX the REGISTRATION FORM TO: ANDREA WALKER at 504-379-3826
|Other Prerequisites:||One semester of college-level chemistry.|
Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information
Andrea Walker, STEM Coordinator
2045 Lakeshore Dr, Ste 552
Core Element, Greater New Orleans STEM Initiative
New Orleans, LA 70122