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Name: chemistry Modeling Workshop near Nashville
School/Institution: Cumberland University
Department/Unit: (Tennessee STEM Education Center at MTSU)
City: Lebanon
State: TN
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: FOUR Modeling Workshops in 1st semester chemistry will be offered in Tennessee in summer 2014  for the same grant:
at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro: June 9-20
at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville: June 23 to July 3
at Cumberland University in Lebanon: June 23 to July 3  
at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski: June 23 to July 3  

LOCATION: 1 Cumberland Dr, Lebanon, TN 37087.
   Lebanon is about 20 miles east of Nashville international airport.
DATES: June 23 - July 3, 2014
Peer leaders:
leader: Lee Ann Richardson
assistant: John Vaden

Audience: For Tennessee teachers. Out-of-state teachers can attend if space is available after all Tennessee teachers have enrolled, at a cost of $300 (which includes lunches).

For information and to commit to register, please e-mail Dr. Tom Cheatham: .

Workshop description:
To exemplify effective instruction, the workshops are taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Content for a semester is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials (resources) and work through the 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 and AAAS Project 2061. Modeling Instruction is aligned with all eight scientific practices of the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education (2011).

Student activities are organized into modeling cycles that engage students systematically in all aspects of modeling. (Specifics of the modeling cycle are here.) 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.

Chemistry Workshop Goals
The Modeling approach to chemistry is based on the particulate nature of matter.  The AMTA   webpage on chemistry asks three fundamental questions about matter:
   1. How do we view matter?
   2. How does it behave?
   3.What is the role of energy in the changes we observe?
First we will introduce the Modeling approach to high school science instruction.  This methodology makes student thinking visible through white board presentations, Socratic questioning and peer review.  The second goal is to practice and enhance the current chemistry modeling curriculum.  Emphasis will be placed on the first nine units: the simple particle through relating how much to how many particles (i.e. stoichiometry).

Click here to learn more about the American Modeling Teachers Association. Visit to find information on Modelling Workshops nationwide and to view possible strategies on how to gain funding (if needed) to attend.
Start Date: 06/23/2014
End Date: 07/03/2014
Duration: MTWThF and 1 follow-up meeting in fall 2014
Application Deadline: 06/02/2014
tentative, or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: Free to Tennessee inservice teachers; $300 for out-of-state teachers (includes lunches)
Benefits: Stipend
Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: Middle Tennessee State University, the sponsor, is funded in 2014 by a  one-year Math-Science Partnership state grant. Tennessee teachers in partner districts receive a $100/day stipend. The effort is part of Tennessee's High School STEM Redesign project, and it incorporates Physics First. The Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub coordinates all four workshops.

For housing suggestions, please contact Tom Cheatham.

All teachers must arrange & pay for their own housing, meals, and travel.

Tennessee teachers in partner districts must attend a 1-day meeting in spring 2014 and a 1-day meeting in fall 2014. Other teachers are not required to attend, due to the long distance.
Other Prerequisites: The workshops have no prerequisite, other than being an inservice high school teacher of chemistry, or preparing to be one.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Tom Cheatham, Director, TN STEM Ed Ctr
Box 82
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Phone: 615-494-8738