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Name: Chemistry Modeling Workshop & 1-week intro in Maine
School/Institution: FPUU Kennebunk
City: Kennebunk
State: ME
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: Middle School
High School
Description: The 2-week workshop on chemistry teaching addresses most aspects of middle & high school teaching, including integration of teaching methods with course content for chemistry classrooms.  Special emphasis will be placed on modeling conceptual development and integrating technology appropriate for high school.
     Participants will be introduced to the Modeling Method, developed at Arizona State University, as a systematic approach to design of curriculum and instruction.  Participants will be instructed on computer hardware and software, techniques for laboratory data collection and analysis, and internet use to help them become more expert on best uses of technology in education.
     Participants will be given techniques to deliver in-service training and help in strengthening local teacher alliances.

Peer leader: Tom Pfeiffer

For questions and information, please email Dean Meggison:

The modeling cycle is described at

The first-week option is not a full-fledged Modeling Workshop, but is an introduction to modeling pedagogy. Modeling Instruction is a complex transformative pedagogy. Experience has shown that most teachers require at least three weeks (or 80 to 90 contact hours) of intensive workshop to begin to implement it.

Chemistry Workshop Goals
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 8 units: the simple particle through relating how much to how many particles (i.e. stoichiometry).

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: 07/27/2015
End Date: 08/07/2015
Duration: Two-week - 8 hour/day workshop.  Limited space available for one week introduction (7/30-8/3)
Application Deadline: 07/11/2015
Late applicants accepted if space is available, but must provide own materials.
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Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $1250 for two weeks (preferable!), $650 for one week
Benefits: Housing
Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: Registration includes instructional materials, 1-year trial membership in the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA), continental breakfasts, lunches.

Housing: free to single participants. (Limited free housing. Deadline May 30. Reserve with Jeanne Meggison: )

Meals: Free homemade lunches included with workshop.

Optional graduate credit: 2 credits/week for $250. Ask Prof. James Vesenka for details:, 207-749-7913

If you prefer to find your own housing, here are options.
Other Prerequisites: 2 semesters of college-level chemistry are highly recommended.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Dean Meggison
c/o FPUU Kennebunk/Modeling Workshop
164 Summer Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Phone: 207-985-0074