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Name: Mechanics Modeling Workshop near San Francisco
School/Institution: Carondelet HS
Department/Unit: Science
City: Concord
State: CA
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: For nationwide teachers of physics, physical science, and math. (High school teachers of all sciences will benefit and are welcome to register. Preservice high school science teachers are welcome to register too.)

The Modeling Workshop in mechanics is an intensive course with these goals:
1. educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided inquiry method of teaching and at the same time improve their content knowledge,
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 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 course materials to support instruction organized into coherent modeling cycles (as described in Wells et al., 1995). The physical materials and experiments are simple and quite standard, already available in any reasonably equipped physics classroom.

Each participant will design and carry out a series of investigations that use the Modeling Method. They will practice Socratic questioning techniques that will enable them to foster scientific discourse among students. They will develop skills in authentic assessment. Each participant will keep a daily journal book of problems solved, labs done, personal notes and reactions to activities and readings, and expected student difficulties with ways to address them.Throughout the course, teachers will be asked to reflect on their practice and how they might apply the techniques they have learned in the course to their own classes.

Peer leaders:  Don Yost and Lee Trampleasure
Location: Carondelet High School, Concord, CA
              8am to 4pm MTWThF

For questions about workshop design, contact Lee Trampleasure:  510-495-7035

Carondelet is near I-680 and a short bus ride from the BART subway. Hotels are available within bus range (near BART)
A map of the area showing the school, subway, and hotels is here:

Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program or visit to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and to view possible strategies on how to gain funding, if needed, to attend.
Start Date: 06/18/2012
End Date: 06/29/2012
Duration: 2 weeks (MTWThF) and 4 optional Saturdays during school year
Application Deadline: 06/04/2012
Opportunity Website:
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Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $200 to pay for printing of materials and custodial services.
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: Catholic school teachers will receive a discount.

Optional graduate credit at Cal State University - East Bay's Continuing and International Education. Six units are $216 (total, for all six!). This is a bargain!

Several hotels are within a short bus/taxi ride. We are trying to arrange a discounted rate; please let Lee Trampleasure know if you wish to stay in a hotel. We can also help to arrange room sharing if you ask us.  510-495-7035
Other Prerequisites: 2 semesters of college physics is highly recommended.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Lee Trampleasure
Science Dept, Carondelet High School
1133 Winston Drive
Concord, CA 94518
Phone: 510-495-7035