Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page
|Name:||chemistry I Modeling Workshop at ASU|
|School/Institution:||Arizona State University|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
post-secondary chemistry faculty
|Teacher Level:||High School
|Description:||This workshop is for high school and post-secondary chemistry teachers worldwide.
Peer leader: Mitch Sweet
Location: tentatively at Scottsdale Community College in Mitch's classroom
8am to 3:30pm MTWTh, 8am to noon F
(Carpooling to the workshop will be arranged for long-distance teachers who stay in dorm housing that we arrange on the Tempe campus.)
Course title is CHM 594: Modeling Instruction in Chemistry I
For questions, please e-mail Jane Jackson: email@example.com
The Modeling Workshop in 1st semester chemistry is an intensive 3-week course with these goals:
1. educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided inquiry, interactive engagement 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. (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 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, the research basis of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Chemistry Workshop emphases
The Modeling approach to chemistry is based on the particulate nature of matter. The AMTA webpage on chemistry asks 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 nine units: the simple particle through relating how much to how many particles (i.e. stoichiometry).
An overview is at the AMTA webpage on curriculum storylines.
Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program or visit http://modeling.asu.edu/MNS/MNS.html to find information on these ASU workshops and to view possible strategies on how to gain funding to attend. Click here to learn more about the American Modeling Teachers Association and other Modeling Workshops nationwide.
|Duration:||3 weeks (MTWThF)|
Benefits and Requirements
|Cost:||$400 noncredit, or ~ $2000 ASU in-state tuition -- in Feb., see http://modeling.asu.edu/MNS/MNS.html|
College Transcript Credit
|Benefit Explanation:||3 graduate credits optional.
Noncredit registration is $400 (half-price discount for teachers who must pay out-of-pocket and cannot get reimbursed). Contact Jane.Jackson@asu.edu for details.
For graduate credit only: the ASU application fee is $70. (ASU charges a late fee of $50 for applications that are not paid by May 13, and a another late fee of $50 for this course registration after 1 week before a course begins.) Students born after 1956 must have proof of MMR immunity on file at the ASU Student Health Center before registering for a course.
Arizona teachers can apply for partial tuition scholarships. Out-of-state teachers for whom ASU tuition is a financial hardship are asked to contact Jane Jackson: Jane.Jackson@asu.edu.
On-campus housing can be arranged (private room, shared bath) for about $670 (+ $25 linens optional). Beautiful low-cost family housing in upscale Scottsdale, 7 miles north of campus. Contact Jane Jackson for information.
The Phoenix Sky Harbor airport is very close. The Mesa Gateway airport is roughly 20 miles away.
|Other Prerequisites:||Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college chemistry. The workshop is for
* high school and post-secondary chemistry teachers and
* those who intend to begin teaching chemistry next year, and
* teachers in the ASU MNS degree program with concentration in physics.
Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information
Department of Physics, Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-1504