Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page
|Name:||Mechanics Modeling Workshop in Hong Kong|
|School/Institution:||Hong Kong International School|
|Department/Unit:||Science Department,1 Red Hill Rd, Tai Tam|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
post-secondary physics faculty
|Teacher Level:||High School
|Description:||This workshop is open to all high school physics and physical science teachers worldwide.
peer leader: Bill Canham, Hong Kong International School. Bill learned Modeling Instruction at Arizona State University, in multiple Modeling Workshops over several summers. He has used Modeling Instruction for 8 years! He is National Board certified.
co-leader: Eric Larson, Fridley High School in Fridley, Minnesota
For questions on content, and to commit to register, please contact Bill Canham. 852-3149-7702 (work) firstname.lastname@example.org
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 resources for science education,
4. establish electronic network support and a learning community among participants,
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 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 Education (2011), the basis for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Modeling Instruction is a complex transformative pedagogy. Experience has shown that most teachers require at least three weeks of intensive workshop to begin to implement it. A second Modeling Workshop is highly recommended to deepen and broaden one's understanding.
Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) or visit http://modelinginstruction.org/professional-development to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and strategies to seek funding (if needed) to participate.
|Duration:||3 weeks (MTWThF).|
or until filled
Benefits and Requirements
|Cost:||$900 (includes instructional materials, local transportation, & 1-year AMTA membership)|
|Benefit Explanation:||For housing suggestions, contact Bill Canham. email@example.com .
Possible discount in Y-Loft; air bnb; and maybe housing at the school (at first-come, first-served basis).
We need to have a minimum number of participants by March 31 to move forward. Contact Wendy Heheman now, to express your interest and ask questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
|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 physics next year.
Post-secondary physics faculty are welcome, too.
Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information
AMTA Outreach Coordinator