Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page
|Name:||mechanics Modeling Workshop in No. Central MI|
|School/Institution:||COOR ISD Regional Mathematics and Science Center|
|Department/Unit:||11051 N Cut Road|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
|Teacher Level:||High School
|Description:||May 2014 update: Three mechanics and three chemistry Modeling Workshops will be held in Michigan in summer 2014, at FIVE locations. A group led by Mike Gallagher has been awarded a MSP grant proposal.
Since it is a state grant, the primary focus is to support Michigan teachers. If there are open seats in some workshops, they welcome teachers from other states. If you are an out-of-state teacher, please email Mike Gallagher and express your interest in attending.
Questions? Mike.Gallagher@oakland.k12.mi.us or 248.209.2234
The ROSCOMMON mechanics Modeling Workshop is June 23 to July 15. It is in the north-central part of the state.
OPENINGS exist, as of May 6. Teachers nationwide can apply (no stipend, though -- must meet their own expenses). Apply online, just as Michigan teachers do.
PEER LEADER: Shannon McLaughlin. Shannon organized THREE 3-week mechanics Modeling Workshops at the 3 Iowa universities in the last 3 years, wrote a big grant, and got funding for them. He also wrote an outstanding article for THE PHYSICS TEACHER, which you can download at
CITIES of the 6 Modeling Workshops:
* Oakland Science, Mathematics and Technology Center, Waterford (mechanics, chemistry)
* COOR ISD Mathematics and Science Center, Roscommon (mechanics)
* MAISD Regional Mathematics and Science Center, Muskegon (mechanics)
* Seaborg Math & Science Center at Northern Michigan University, Marquette (chemistry)
* Kent ISD, Grand Rapids (chemistry)
These Modeling Workshops are for high school science teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms. To exemplify effective instruction, each workshop is taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Course 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 classes on July 3 & 4. Follow-up meetings in academic year.|
or until filled
Benefits and Requirements
|Cost:||FREE for Michigan teachers. To be determined for out-of-state teachers (on space-available basis).|
College Transcript Credit
|Benefit Explanation:||$1500 stipend for Michigan teachers.
Participants can get graduate credits or CEUs (SCECHs) for an additional fee. Please ask the organizers when you apply, so that they have time to arrange it.
Limited travel reimbursement. Ask the local organizer about housing.
|Other Prerequisites:||Two semesters of college-level courses in physics.|
Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information
Mike Gallagher, Science Consultant
2111 Pontiac Lake Rd
Waterford Township, MI 48328