Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page
|Name:||Mechanics Modeling Workshop in Wichita|
|School/Institution:||Wichita Public Schools|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
|Teacher Level:||High School
|Description:||This workshop is open to high school teachers worldwide.
Peer leader: Art Ballos, Wichita HS East, 2301 E Douglas Ave, Wichita
Location of all four Modeling Workshops: Southeast High School, 903 South Edgemoor, Wichita.
Time: 8am to 4pm MTWTh
Participants are introduced to Modeling Instruction as a systematic approach to the design of curriculum and instruction. The workshop includes results of science education research, best practices in middle school/early high school science teaching, options in technology, and experience in collaborative learning.
Why Modeling Instruction? Extensive research supports the effectiveness of the Modeling approach in enhancing student learning. Based on a comparison of traditional high school instruction, Modeling high school students score an average of about 1.5 standard deviations higher on assessments of conceptual understanding of physics.
Workshop Goals include:
• Improve instructional pedagogy by implementing research-based instructional strategies, inquiry methods, critical and creative thinking, cooperative learning, use of standardized evaluation instruments, and effective use of classroom technology in instruction.
• Deepen content understanding in physical science by using multiple representational tools for constructing scientific models.
• Learn effective pedagogical strategies from veteran educators who model these strategies throughout the workshop.
• Participate in an on-going collaboration among partners through a state-wide professional learning community of modeling teachers.
• Enhance/improve science curriculum in your school district.
For information, and to commit to register, please contact Laura Swanson, Science Curriculum Coach, Wichita Public Schools.
phone: 316-973-4403, email: 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:||Monday to Thursday, 8am to 4pm. Follow-up meetings in school year; some online.|
or until filled
Benefits and Requirements
|Cost:||$500 (includes instructional materials and a set of whiteboards)|
|Benefit Explanation:||For housing suggestions, please contact Laura Swanson.|
|Other Prerequisites:||No special prerequisites, other than being a teacher of high school physics or preparing to teach physics in 2014-15.|
Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information
Laura Swanson, Science Curr Coach, Wichita Public Schools
201 N. Water Street
Wichita, KS 67202