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Name: E&M Modeling Workshop (Boston area)
School/Institution: Merrimack College
City: North Andover
State: MA
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
post-secondary faculty
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This Modeling Workshop is open to physics and physical science teachers worldwide.  It is strongly preferred but not required that participants have had a minimum of 2 weeks Modeling Workshop in physics.

Registration opens 3/21/19.

PEER LEADER: Darren Broder

Physics Electricity and Magnetism Workshop
Prerequisite: a mechanics Modeling Workshop of minimum 2 weeks duration or instructor permission.

GOALS: Each Modeling Workshop is an intensive 2- or 3-week course with these goals:
1. Educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided-inquiry, interactive engagement method of teaching.
2. Help participants integrate computer courseware effectively into the curriculum.
3. Help teachers make better use of national resources for science education.
4. Establish electronic network support and a learning community among participants.

    In this course teachers will work through coherent model-centered materials for high school electricity and magnetism from a microscopic perspective to develop a deep understanding of content and how to teach it effectively.  The primary focus is on first-year physics courses that incorporate algebra and trigonometry.  
    In the E&M workshop there is less emphasis on why we believe that modeling is superior to conventional instruction, since we assume that teachers coming back to take a follow-up course have come to accept this as true.  
    To develop familiarity with the materials necessary to fully implement them in the classroom, we find that teachers must work through the activities, discussions and worksheets, alternating between student and teacher modes, much as they did in the 1st Modeling Workshop in Mechanics.
    The E&M workshop borrows extensively from work of Bruce Sherwood and Ruth Chabay. There are 3 units in electricity: Charge and Field, Potential, and Circuits.
    The circuit unit is unique at high school level, as it leads students through surface charge as the mechanism for setting up different strength fields in conductors of circuits.
    The magnetism unit begins by investigating the field of a current-bearing wire, then fields of permanent magnets, then force on a particle in a field, then force on a current-bearing wire in a field, and then electromagnetic induction and Faraday's Law.

Modeling Instruction is aligned with the eight science practices outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education (2011), the research basis for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Modeling Instruction is a complex transformative pedagogy. Experience has shown that most teachers require at least three weeks (or 80 to 90 contact hours) of intensive workshop to begin to implement it. A second Modeling Workshop in the following summer is highly recommended to deepen and broaden one's understanding.

Click here to learn more about Modeling Instruction 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: 07/29/2019
End Date: 08/08/2019
Duration: 8 days. Meet 8-5 M-Th
Application Deadline: 07/15/2019
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $1,495/participant
Benefits: Housing
Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: The cost includes workshop materials, morning refreshments, lunch for the 8 days and 3 graduate credits from Merrimack College.  You also receive a 1 year membership to the AMTA for new members.

Housing is available at $370/week. Rooms are 1 & 2 bedrooms and have a kitchen and A/C.  First come first serve.  More details as they become available.  Register at the link above (open 3/21/19).  Contact Darren Broder at the email address below with any questions.

Flying? Logan Airport in Boston is closest.
Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of trigonometry-based college physics.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Darren Broder
515 Loudon Road
Siena College
Albany, NY 12211