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Name: Physical Science Modeling Workshop in Dallas TX
School/Institution: Greenhill School
Department/Unit: Science Department
City: Addison
State: TX
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: Middle School
High School
Description: This workshop is for high school and middle school teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms.  Open to any 8th/9th grade teacher interested in Modeling Instruction in physical science or integrated physics & chemistry (IPC).

Content: Matter and Energy (Units 1 to 3 of physical science modeling materials)
Peer leader: Kay Fincher, science teacher at Amarillo High School
Time: 8am to 4pm MTWRF. Two 15-min breaks with refreshments plus an hour break for lunch offsite.  Numerous fast food locales are within 5 minutes of campus.

For questions on registration, ask Jeff Funkhouser:

To exemplify effective instruction, this workshop is taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with course materials (resources) and work through activities alternately in 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 phenomena as central to learning and doing science. Using models and modeling in science education is recommended by NSES, AAAS Project 2061 and state K-12 science standards.

Student activities are organized into modeling cycles that engage students systematically in all aspects of modeling. (A modeling cycle is described 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.

* aligned with Common Core Math Standards and ELA.
* includes all 8 scientific practices of NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education.
* addresses multiple learning styles.
* addresses naive student conceptions.
* collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.
* systems, models, modeling.
* coherent curriculum framework, but not a curriculum; thus flexible.
* compatible with Socratic methods, Core Knowledge, project-based instruction.
* science & math literacy.
* authentic assessments.
* high-tech and low-tech options for labs.

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: 06/10/2013
End Date: 06/21/2013
Application Deadline: 05/17/2013
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link: forthcoming
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $450 (includes membership in American Modeling Teachers Assn)
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: A Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza is next door to campus that provides rooms at $99/night if Greenhill is mentioned and there is availability. Ask for reduced rate for extended stay.

For these hotels, ask if they have a discounted Greenhill School rate. Ask also for a reduced rate for extended stay.
* Fairfield Inn (near Greenhill School; bkfst)
* Comfort Inn (bkfst)
* Homestead Studio Suites (has shuttle service)
* Homewood Suites (bkfst & buffet dinner)
Other Prerequisites: One semester of college-level physical science.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Nicholas Park
Science Department
4141 Spring Valley
Addison, TX 75229
Phone: 972-628-5636