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|Name:||middle school Modeling Workshop|
|School/Institution:||Central Michigan University|
|Department/Unit:||Center for Excellence in STEM Education|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
|Teacher Level:||Middle School
|Description:||This workshop is funded for middle school teachers in these counties: Gratiot, Isabella, Clare, Gladwin, Midland, Saginaw, Bay and Arenac. Open to others worldwide if seats are left (for a fee).
PEER LEADER: Kelli Gamez Warble, Teacher-in-Residence at Arizona State University. Kelli helped develop the middle school Modeling Workshop. She has led Modeling Workshops since 1998.
CONTENT FOCUSES: physical science (particle model of matter and perhaps energy or motion and forces)
For information about workshop content and logistics, contact Julie Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org . Julie is Director, Center for Excellence in STEM Education, Central Michigan University.
The main objective of this 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 complete set of written curriculum materials to support instruction organized into coherent modeling cycles (as described in Wells et al., 1995). The modeling cycle is described at http://modeling.asu.edu/modeling-HS.html.
To develop familiarity with the materials necessary to fully implement them in the classroom, teachers 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 a complex transformative pedagogy. Most teachers require at least 80 to 90 contact hours 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:||2 weeks (MTWThF)|
or until filled
Benefits and Requirements
|Cost:||Stipend for teachers in named counties (above). To be determined for others.|
College Transcript Credit
|Other Prerequisites:||The workshop is for middle school science teachers and those who intend to begin teaching middle school science next year.|
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