Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page
|Name:||Mechanics Modeling Workshop|
|Department/Unit:||Trinity School, Science Dept.|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
|Teacher Level:||High School
|Description:||This workshop is for high school physics and physical science teachers worldwide. Pre-service physics teachers, as well as college faculty, are welcome.
LOCATION: Trinity School, 91st Street at Columbus Ave. in Manhattan
Offered by STEMteachersNYC, an affiliate of the American Modeling Teachers Association. Visit www.stemteachersnyc.org for more information.
Note: Other Modeling Workshops offered at this location are waves/sound, chemistry, biology, & computational modeling. See the listings on this website or www.stemteachersnyc.org for more details and links to the registration pages.
QUESTIONS TO: info@STEMteachersNYC.org
Modeling Instruction focuses on key basic physics particle models and uses a process-oriented inquiry approach that is extremely effective in helping students develop independence and problem-solving ability. Immersing teachers in an environment where they see the instruction from the point of view of the students is key to strengthening the intertwined mechanics content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge.
1. Educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided-inquiry, interactive engagement method of teaching mechanics concepts that are fundamental to all sciences.
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.
The main objective of the Modeling Workshop in mechanics is to acquaint teachers with all aspects of the modeling method and develop some skill in implementing it. To that end, teachers will be provided with a fairly complete set of written curriculum materials to support instruction, organized into coherent modeling cycles. (The modeling cycle is described at http://modeling.asu.edu/modeling-HS.html.) The physical materials and experiments in the curriculum are simple and quite standard, already available in most physics classrooms.
To develop familiarity with materials necessary to fully implement this approach in the classroom, we find that teachers must work through the activities, discussions and worksheets, alternating between student and teacher modes. Each of the eight units in the mechanics course manual includes an extensive Teacher Notes section.
Each of the eight units is based on a specific point particle model, organized in a progressive sequence, as follows: a) Constant velocity model; b) Uniform acceleration model; c) Free particle (balanced force) model; d) Constant, unbalanced (net) force model; e) Constant vertical, and zero horizontal, acceleration particle model (i.e., combining a and b); f) Circular motion model; g) Momentum transfer process model; and h) Energy transfer process model. 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.
Link to Modeling Instruction and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA).
Strategies for getting funding to support attendance: http://modelinginstruction.org/professional-development/
|Duration:||3 weeks M-F|
OR UNTIL FILLED
Benefits and Requirements
|Cost:||$608 before May 16 ($758 after May 15) if you cannot get financial support. $1058 otherwise|
optional graduate credit - extra cost
|Benefit Explanation:||Graduate credits optional, at $125/credit.
Lodging, meals, and travel expenses are the responsibility of the participant or school district.
There is an extraordinary variety of possibilities for summer housing in the NYC metro region. See http://stemteachersnyc.org/lodging .
Below is a list of just some of the housing possibilities at and near the workshop (unofficial list)
Marrakech Hotel (mention "STEMteachersNYC" to see if any special deals are still being offered) Marrakech Hotel (2688 Broadway, at West 103 St., NY, NY 10025; 212.222.2954, 866.546.8353; www.marrakechhotelnyc.com/ The Marrakech is located at W 103 St stop of the #1 subway.
A Youth Hostel is at 104th and Amsterdam:
Union Theological Center:
AirBnB.com and similar websites offer a wide variety of housing options in NY City, Hoboken, Newark, and other NJ locations are also worth exploring because there are trains into Manhattan, especially the PATH trains, many of which connect with the #1, 2 and 3 subway lines and thus offer a relatively fast trip to the workshop.
|Other Prerequisites:||Two semesters of college-level algebra-based physics.|
Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information
New York, NY 10027