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Name: e&m Modeling Workshop at SMU
School/Institution: Southern Methodist University
Department/Unit: Dept of Physics, 3215 Daniel Ave
City: Dallas
State: TX
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
post-secondary physics faculty
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This FREE workshop is open to high school physics teachers in the USA. As of April 15, it has 14 participants, so there's room for more.

PEER LEADER: Michael Haskins, of the Greenhill School

For information and to register, email Simon Dalley:   (He wants teachers to email him, so that he can make sure that the workshop is appropriate for them, before he gives them the registration weblink.)      

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.
5. Strengthen local institutional support for participants as school leaders in disseminating standards-based reform in science education.

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 course will begin with the study of electric charge and the electric fields produced by charges.  Next the course will delve into electrical energy and the concept of electric potential.  Following that the circuit unit begins with development of the surface charge model as a mechanism for setting up the electric fields that produce a steady state circuit.  After finishing the study of circuits, the course will investigate magnetic fields and magnetic forces, finishing with electromagnetic induction.

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: 06/10/2019
End Date: 06/28/2019
Duration: 3 weeks (MTWThF, 9am to 4pm)
Application Deadline: 02/30/2019
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: FREE! $100 instructional materials fee.
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: FREE at SMU! This is a required course for the SMU Master Physics Teacher certificate. Other teachers are welcome to take it, too, of course.

No housing/travel advice. Must find your own housing, & make your own travel arrangements.
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Other Prerequisites: Prerequisite: a 2- or 3-week mechanics Modeling Workshop.
The workshop is for current physics teachers and those who intend to begin teaching physics.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Simon Dalley, PhD
Department of Physics, SMU
3215 Daniel Ave
Dallas, TX 75275-0175
Phone: (214) 768-2109
Fax: (214) 768-4095