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Name: chemistry I Modeling Workshop
School/Institution: State University of New York
Department/Unit: NY State Master Teacher Program
City: Geneseo
State: NY
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
post-secondary chemistry faculty
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is open ONLY to teachers in the NY Master Teachers program.

PEER LEADER: Ray Howanski. Ray is outstanding! Many years experience!

The Modeling Workshop in 1st semester chemistry is an intensive 2 or 3-week course with these goals:
1. educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided inquiry method of teaching, and improve content understanding at the same time,
2. help participants integrate computers 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,

The main objective of the 1st summer Modeling Workshop is to acquaint teachers with all aspects of the modeling method of instruction and develop some skill in implementing it. To that end, teachers are provided with a fairly complete set of written curriculum 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 classroom.

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. Each unit in the course manual includes an extensive Teacher Notes section. Throughout the course, teachers are asked to reflect on their practice and how they might apply the techniques they have learned in the course to their own classes.

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.

Chemistry Workshop Emphases
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 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: 07/08/2019
End Date: 07/19/2019
Duration: (MTWThF)
Application Deadline: 06/01/2019
Opportunity Website:
Application Link: forthcoming
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: n/a
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: Instructional materials are included, and a 1-year trial membership in the American Modeling Teachers Assoc. for 1st-time Modeling Workshop participants.
Other Prerequisites: The workshop is for
*  high school and post-secondary chemistry and physical science (ICP) teachers and
*  those who intend to begin teaching either of these subjects next year.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Amy Sheldon
1 College Circle, SUNY
Geneseo, NY 14454