Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page
|Name:||chemistry Modeling Workshop in south-central TN|
|School/Institution:||Martin Methodist College|
|Department/Unit:||(Tennessee STEM Education Center at MTSU)|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
|Teacher Level:||High School
|Description:||FOUR Modeling Workshops in 1st semester chemistry will be offered in Tennessee in summer 2014 for the same grant:
at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro: June 9-20
at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville: June 23 to July 3
at Cumberland University in Lebanon: June 23 to July 3
at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski: June 23 to July 3
LOCATION: 433 W Madison St, Pulaski, TN 38478. Pulaski is in south-central Tennessee.
DATES: June 23 - July 3, 2014
* Leader: Dennis Glass. Dennis has led several Modeling Workshops. He teaches chemistry and biology in Birmingham, Alabama, in the pcb sequence.
* Assistant: Christopher Manor. Chris took 8 weeks of chemistry Modeling Workshops at Arizona State University, when he lived in Phoenix.
Audience: For Tennessee teachers. Out-of-state teachers can attend if space is available after all Tennessee teachers have enrolled, at a cost of $300 (which includes lunches).
For information and to commit to register, please e-mail Dr. Tom Cheatham: Tom.Cheatham@mtsu.edu .
To exemplify effective instruction, the workshops are taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Content for a semester 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 and AAAS Project 2061. Modeling Instruction is aligned with all eight scientific practices of the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education (2011).
Student activities are organized into modeling cycles that engage students systematically in all aspects of modeling. (Specifics of the modeling cycle are here.) 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.
Chemistry Workshop Goals
The Modeling approach to chemistry is based on the particulate nature of matter. The AMTA webpage on chemistry asks three fundamental questions about matter:
1. How do we view matter?
2. How does it behave?
3.What is the role of energy in the changes we observe?
First we will introduce the Modeling approach to high school science instruction. This methodology makes student thinking visible through white board presentations, Socratic questioning and peer review. The second goal is to practice and enhance the current chemistry modeling curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on the first 8 units: the simple particle through relating how much to how many particles (i.e. stoichiometry).
Click here to learn more about the American Modeling Teachers Association. Visit http://modelinginstruction.org/teachers/workshops to find information on Modelling Workshops nationwide and to view possible strategies on how to gain funding (if needed) to attend.
|Duration:||MTWThF and 1 follow-up meeting in fall 2014|
tentative, or until filled
Benefits and Requirements
|Cost:||Free to Tennessee inservice teachers; $300 for out-of-state teachers (includes lunches)|
|Benefit Explanation:||Middle Tennessee State University, the sponsor, is funded in 2014 by a one-year Math-Science Partnership state grant. Tennessee teachers in partner districts receive a $100/day stipend. The effort is part of Tennessee's High School STEM Redesign project, and it incorporates Physics First. The Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub coordinates all four workshops.
For housing suggestions, please contact Tom Cheatham.
All teachers must arrange & pay for their own housing, meals, and travel.
Tennessee teachers in partner districts must attend a 1-day meeting in spring 2014 and a 1-day meeting in fall 2014. Other teachers are not required to attend, due to the long distance.
|Other Prerequisites:||The workshops have no prerequisite, other than being an inservice high school teacher of chemistry, or preparing to be one.|
Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information
Tom Cheatham, Director, TN STEM Ed Ctr
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132