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Name: Modeling Workshop: Mechanics (So. Jersey Modeling Institute)
School/Institution: Clearview Regional High School
Department/Unit: Science
City: Mullica Hill
State: NJ
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is for physics and physical science teachers who want to create robust, student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms.  It is open to high school science teachers nationwide, including pre-service teachers.

Content: mechanics
Peer leader: Douglas Vallette

To exemplify effective instruction, this workshop is taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Physics content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials (resources) and work through activities alternately in the roles of student and teacher.

The Modeling Method is introduced as a systematic approach to the design of curriculum and instruction. The name Modeling Instruction expresses an emphasis on making and using conceptual models of physical phenomena as central to learning and doing science. Using models and modeling in science education is recommended by NSES, AAAS Project 2061 and state K-12 science standards.

Student activities are organized into modeling cycles that engage students systematically in all aspects of modeling. (Specifics of the modeling cycle are at .) The teacher guides students through each modeling cycle, with an eye to improving the quality of student discourse by insisting on accurate use of scientific terms, on clarity and cogency of expressed ideas and arguments. After a few cycles, students gain skill at conducting scientific investigations without excessive prompting from the teacher. The main job of the teacher is then to supply them with more powerful modeling tools. Lecturing is restricted to scaffolding new concepts and principles on a need basis.

Mullica Hill is 20 miles from Philadelphia PA.

For questions, email Ron Antinori:

Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program. Visit to find information on this workshop and to view possible strategies on how to gain funding to attend.
Duration: 3 weeks (MTWThF)
Application Deadline: 06/20/2011
tentative deadline
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $700
Benefits: Housing
Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: Teachers who apply after June 1 might need to buy their own materials. Please ask Ron Antinori to tell you how.

Housing is available at nearby Rowan University. Please contact Ron Antinori about it:
Other Prerequisites: 2 semesters of college physics

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Ron Antinori, Science Supervisor
Clearview Regional High School
625 Breakneck Road
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Phone: 609-457-1156, 856-223-2747
Fax: 856-478-0409