Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page

Previous Page  |  New Search  |  Browse All

Name: Mechanics Modeling Workshop in Hong Kong
School/Institution: Hong Kong International School
Department/Unit: Science Department,1 Red Hill Rd, Tai Tam
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 and physical science teachers worldwide.

peer leader: Bill Canham, Hong Kong International School. Bill learned Modeling Instruction at Arizona State University, in multiple Modeling Workshops over several summers. He has used Modeling Instruction for 8 years! He is National Board certified.

co-leader: Eric Larson, Fridley High School in Fridley, Minnesota

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

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 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 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).

Modeling Instruction is a complex transformative pedagogy. Experience has shown that most teachers require at least three weeks of intensive workshop to begin to implement it. A second Modeling Workshop is highly recommended to deepen and broaden one's understanding.

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: 06/19/2017
End Date: 07/07/2017
Duration: 3 weeks (MTWThF).
Application Deadline: 03/15/2017
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $900 (includes instructional materials, local transportation, & 1-year AMTA membership)
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: For housing suggestions, contact Bill Canham. .
Possible discount in Y-Loft; air bnb; and maybe housing at the school (at first-come, first-served basis).

We need to have a minimum number of participants by March 31 to move forward. Contact Wendy Heheman now, to express your interest and ask questions.
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 physics next year.
Post-secondary physics faculty are welcome, too.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Wendy Heheman
AMTA Outreach Coordinator
Mesa, AZ
Phone: 480-854-4764