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Name: Mechanics Modeling Workshop in Bangkok
School/Institution: Hong Kong International School
Department/Unit: Staff Development
City: Hong Kong
State: Non U.S.
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
post-secondary physics faculty
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is open to all high school physics teachers worldwide.

Update in July 2014: If you would like to attend, please email Bill Canham:

The Modeling Workshop in 1st semester physics 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 computer courseware 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,
5. strengthen local institutional support for participants as school leaders in disseminating standards-based reform in science education.

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 in the curriculum 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 NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education (2011), the basis for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Probable peer leaders:
    Joel Klammer, Concordia International School, Shanghai.
    Bill Canham, Hong Kong International School.
    Hong Kong Intl High School, 1 Red Hill Road,
    Tai Tam HK 011-852-2813
Time: All day MTWThF            

For questions on content, and to commit to register, please contact Bill Canham. 852-3149-7702 (work)

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: 06/15/2015
End Date: 07/03/2015
Duration: 3 weeks (MTWThF). Might end on July 2. Please give input to Bill Canham.
Application Deadline: 01/28/2015
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link: forthcoming
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $850 (tentative)
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: For housing suggestions, please contact Bill Canham.

Funding is being sought, to reduce the registration cost.
Other Prerequisites: Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college physics. The workshop is for
*  high school physics and physical science teachers and
*  those who intend to begin teaching high school physics next year.
Post-secondary physics faculty are welcome, too.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Jane Jackson
Department of Physics, Arizona State University
Box 871504
Tempe, AZ 85287-1504
Phone: 480-965-8438