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Name: Mechanics Modeling Workshop
School/Institution: Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southeast
Department/Unit: 5055 Delemere Avenue
City: Royal Oak
State: MI
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is for physics and physical science teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms.  

Michigan teachers have priority, but out-of-state teachers can participate if space is available.

Peer leaders: Don Pata of Grosse Pointe North HS
                    Laura Ritter of Troy High School
Location: Oakland Schools Technical Campus SE, 5055 Delemere Ave,
      Royal Oak, MI

Questions on content: or 734-649-7039
Other questions? or 248.209.2234

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. (The modeling cycle is described 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.

Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program 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: 06/20/2013
End Date: 07/12/2013
Duration: No class on July 4 & 5.  Follow-up meetings in academic year.
Application Deadline: 05/25/2013
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
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Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $100 tentative (includes materials and lunches)
Benefits: Meals
Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: Funded by the Tri-County Alliance for Public Education.

Participants can get graduate credits or CEUs for an additional fee.

For housing suggestions, please contact Laura Ritter:
Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level physics

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Laura Ritter, Physics Teacher
Troy, MI
Phone: (734) 649-7039