Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page
|Name:||mechanics Modeling Workshop in Houston|
|School/Institution:||St Thomas High School|
|Department/Unit:||4500 Memorial Drive|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
post-secondary physics faculty
|Teacher Level:||High School
|Description:||This workshop is open to physics teachers worldwide.
PEER LEADER: Kay Fincher. Kay learned Modeling Instruction at Arizona State University in three summers, culminating in a Master of Natural Science degree with concentration in physics, in 2005. She has led Modeling Workshops in Texas, in mechanics and in physical science.
C0-Leader: Patti Ego
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 method of teaching, and improve content understanding at the same time,
2. help participants integrate computers 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,
The main objective of the mechanics 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 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 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 National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education (2011).
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 mechanics modeling curriculum.
Modeling Instruction is a complex transformative pedagogy. Experience has shown that most teachers require at least 80 to 90 contact hours of intensive workshop to begin to implement it. A second Modeling Workshop in the next summer is highly recommended to deepen and broaden one's understanding.
Click here to learn more about Modeling Instruction and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) or visit http://modelinginstruction.org to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and strategies to seek funding (if needed) to participate.
|Duration:||2 weeks (MTWThF, all day)|
or until filled
Benefits and Requirements
|Benefit Explanation:||registration includes instructional materials and 1-year trial membership in the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA).
FLYING? Houston has an international airport. Airport shuttle and taxi information are at the airport website.
|Other Prerequisites:||Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college physics.
The workshop is for current physics teachers and those who intend to begin teaching high school or community college physics.
Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information
Michael Lynch, physics teacher
St Thomas High School
4500 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77007