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Name: Modeling Workshops: Chemistry, Mechanics, Physical Science
School/Institution: Arizona State University
Department/Unit: Physics
City: Tempe
State: AZ
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: As of June 1, only the physical science workshop has openings.

Three concurrent workshops for teachers nationwide.

The Modeling Workshop in Mechanics is an intensive 3-week course with these goals:
1. educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided inquiry method of teaching high school physics.
2. help participants integrate computer courseware effectively into the physics curriculum.
3. help teachers make better use of national resources for physics 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 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 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.

(Analogous goals and objectives for the 1st semester chemistry and physical science workshops)

Peer leaders:
Jeff Steinert and Kelli Gamez Warble (mechanics)
Russ Shaffer and Levi Torrison, Ph.D. (chemistry)
Patricia Burr and Lee Rodgers (physical science)

Locations: Mechanics: ASU Bateman Physical Sciences Center, Tempe
               Chemistry: Carl Hayden High School in urban Phoenix
               Physical science: South Mountain High School, urban Phoenix
Carpooling to Phoenix workshops will be arranged for long-distance teachers who stay in housing that we arrange near the Tempe campus.

For questions, please e-mail Jane Jackson:

Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program or visit to find information on these workshops and to view possible strategies on how to gain funding to attend.
Start Date: 06/13/2011
End Date: 07/01/2011
Duration: 3 weeks (MTWThF)
Application Deadline: 06/05/2011
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $1516 for Arizona residents; $2580 for out-of-state
Benefits: College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: 3 graduate credits. Tuition/registration is $1516 for Arizona residents and $2580 for out-of-state. The ASU application fee is $70.

Arizona teachers may be eligible for reduced tuition. Contact Jane Jackson for details.

Off-campus housing (private room, private bath in furnished apartment): $15 or $20/day, including everything. Next to campus. Contact Jane Jackson
Other Prerequisites: Prerequisite for each workshop: 2 semesters of college courses in the respective content.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Jane Jackson
Department of Physics, Arizona State University
Box 871504
Tempe, AZ 85287-1504
Phone: 480-965-8438