Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page
|Name:||Mechanics Modeling Workshop in Albany|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
|Teacher Level:||High School
|Description:||This Modeling Workshop is open to physics and physical science teachers worldwide.
PEER LEADER: Darren Broder
The Modeling Workshop in Mechanics is an intensive 2- or 3-week course with these goals:
1. educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided inquiry, interactive engagement method of teaching and at the same time improve their content knowledge,
2. help participants integrate computer courseware effectively into the science curriculum,
3. help teachers make better use of national resources for science education,
4. establish electronic network support and a learning community among participants,
5. strengthen local institutional support for participants as school leaders in disseminating standards-based reform in science education.
The main objective of the 1st summer Modeling Workshop in mechanics is to acquaint teachers with all aspects of the modeling method and develop some skill in implementing it. To that end, teachers are provided with a fairly complete set of written course materials to support instruction organized into coherent modeling cycles. (The modeling cycle is described at http://modeling.asu.edu/modeling-HS.html.) The physical materials and experiments are simple and quite standard, already available in any reasonably equipped physics 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 of the nine units in the mechanics 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, the research that is the basis of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Click here to learn more about Modeling Instruction 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:||2 weeks. Meet all day M-F|
or until filled
|Application Link:||Contact Darren Broder at the email below to register.|
Benefits and Requirements
|Cost:||$700/participant + Optional $400/4 graduate credits in education|
College Transcript Credit
www.albanyairport.com - 2 miles from college.
|Benefit Explanation:||The cost includes workshop materials and a 1-year membership in the AMTA. The cost also includes morning refreshments and lunch for the 10 days. The College is able to offer on-campus housing for $75/night. The College is also able to offer a breakfast/dinner option to interested participants. The cost is roughly $8-9 for breakfast and $11-12 for dinner. More details as they become available.|
|Other Prerequisites:||Two semesters of trigonometry-based college physics.|
Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information
515 Loudon Road
Albany, NY 12211