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Name: chemistry I Modeling Workshop in Houston
School/Institution: St Thomas High School
Department/Unit: 4500 Memorial Drive
City: Houston
State: TX
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
post-secondary chemistry faculty
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is open to chemistry teachers worldwide.

PEER LEADER: Erica Posthuma-Adams
Co-leader: Ryan Bruick
The Modeling Workshop in 1st semester chemistry 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 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 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. (The modeling cycle is described at 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, the research that is the basis of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Chemistry Workshop emphases
The Modeling approach to chemistry is based on the particulate nature of matter.  We ask 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 nine units: the simple particle through relating how much to how many particles (i.e. stoichiometry).

An overview is at the AMTA   webpage on curriculum storylines.

Click here to learn more about Modeling Instruction and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) or visit to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and strategies to seek funding (if needed) to participate.
Start Date: 06/19/2017
End Date: 06/30/2017
Duration: 2 weeks (MTWThF, all day)
Application Deadline: 05/15/2017
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $700.00
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
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 chemistry.
The workshop is for current chemistry teachers and those who intend to begin teaching high school or community college chemistry.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Michael Lynch, physics teacher
St Thomas High School
4500 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77007