Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page
|Name:||chemistry 1- or 2-week Modeling Workshop near Mpls|
|School/Institution:||Shakopee West Junior High School|
|Department/Unit:||10th Avenue East at Spencer Street South (SW corner)|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
|Teacher Level:||High School
|Description:||This 1- or 2-week workshop is for teachers worldwide who would like a taste of Modeling Instruction, to see its potential.
Participants will be introduced to the Modeling Method, developed at Arizona State University, as a systematic approach to design of curriculum and instruction. The modeling cycle is described at http://modeling.asu.edu/modeling-HS.html.
Week 1 is not a full-fledged Modeling Workshop, but is a 40-hour introduction to Modeling Instruction in chemistry. 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. Thus Week 2, and/or a follow-up 2- or 3-week Modeling Workshop, is highly recommended to deepen and broaden your understanding.
Chemistry Modeling Workshop Goals
The Modeling approach to chemistry is based on the particulate nature of matter. We ask 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 3 units.
Details of content:
Week 1 concentrates on modeling pedagogy with an exposure to a particle approach (either atoms or molecules) to teaching chemistry:
* Physical Properties of Matter
* Energy and State of Matter
* Physical descriptions of substances.
Week 2 continues the use of modeling techniques and application of the particle model but focuses more on first year high school chemistry content, including:
*counting particles too small to see
*characterization of particles with internal structure
An overview of the 8 core units in chemistry is at the AMTA webpage on curriculum storylines.
Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) or visit http://modelinginstruction.org/professional-development/ to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and strategies to seek funding (if needed) to participate.
|Duration:||One week - 8 hour/day workshop.|
Benefits and Requirements
|Cost:||$100 discount if you take BOTH weeks!|
|Benefit Explanation:||Registration includes instructional materials, 1-year trial membership in the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) for 1st-timers.
Flying? Shakopee is a suburb of Minneapolis, which has an international airport.
|Other Prerequisites:||2 semesters of college-level chemistry are highly recommended.|
Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information
Casey Rutherford, physics teacher
Shakopee High School
100 17th Ave W
Shakopee, MN 55379