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Name: Modeling Workshop at BGSU: Intermediate Mechanics & Chem (together)
School/Institution: Bowling Green State University
Department/Unit: Physics & Astronomy
City: Bowling Green
State: OH
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is for physics, chemistry and physical science teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms.  It is open to high school science teachers in Ohio. Out-of-state teachers can participate at their own expense if space is available after the deadline date.

Content: intermediate mechanics and intermediate chemistry
Probable peer leaders: Nate Ash (mechanics); Mary Kate Hafeman (chem)
Prerequisite: prior introductory Modeling Workshops in physics AND in chemistry

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

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.

Participants will design and carry out a series of investigations that use Modeling Instruction. They will practice Socratic questioning techniques that will enable them to foster scientific discourse among students and that aid in assessing student learning. Each participant will keep a daily journal book of problems solved, labs done, personal notes and reflections on activities and readings, and expected student difficulties with ways to address them.

Modeling Instruction is completely aligned with the eight science practices outlined in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Standards.

For questions, email Prof. John Laird:

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: 07/22/2013
End Date: 08/02/2013
Duration: 2 weeks (MTWThF: 80 hours) and 6 weekday evening follow-ups during the 2012-2013 school year
Application Deadline: 01/15/2013
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: free for Ohio teachers
Benefits: Stipend
Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: As of December 2012, we await notification of funding by the Ohio Board of Regents in the ESEA Title IIA IMPROVING TEACHER QUALITY program, and by Bowling Green State University.

Free graduate credit at BGSU (3 summer, 1 for 6 follow-up meetings in school year)
$300 stipend
$300 worth instructional resources
Other Prerequisites: prior introductory Modeling Workshops in physics AND in chemistry (at least one week each; longer duration is preferable). Also, at least one year of experience in implementing Modeling Instruction.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: John Laird
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Phone: 419-372-7244