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Name: mechanics, e&m, chemistry, biology Modeling Workshops near Chicago
School/Institution: Wheaton Warrenville South High School
Department/Unit: Science
City: Wheaton
State: IL
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Inservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: LOCATION: Wheaton-Warrenville South High School.

PEER LEADERS:
Mechanics: Matt Scheffler.
e&m: Jim Stankevitz.  
Chemistry: Phil Culcasi.
Biology: Frank Novakowski, assisted by Sara Wilhelm. Frank took his first Modeling Workshop in 2005.
    All five peer leaders teach at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School in Wheaton, IL

For questions about content: jimstanke@comcast.net, pculcas@cusd200.org

To exemplify effective instruction, the workshops are taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Content for a semester is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials (resources) and work through the activities alternately in the roles of student and teacher.

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 nine units: the simple particle through relating how much to how many particles (i.e. stoichiometry).

Biology Modeling Workshop
Students of a 9th or 10th grade biology course frequently arrive with little or no ability to create an experiment.  They can quote the steps of "The Scientific Method" but cannot communicate what they observe or suggest questions to test from those observations.  Because of this, we begin Modeling Biology by developing skills in experimental design.  Workshops in 2013 and 2014 focused on  Units 1 to 4. A future workshop  will focus on Units 5 to 7.
    Unit 1: Experimental Design
    2: Classifying Life
    3: Evolution
    4: Energy

Physics Mechanics Workshop
The mechanics Workshop has a goal of training physics teachers to use a model-centered, guided inquiry approach to teaching physics using particle models as the basis of instruction. Representations of particle models will include mathematical, graphical, diagrammatic, verbal, and written.
   Descriptive and causal models will be built to represent motion in one and two dimensions, force, working and energy storage modes, impulse and momentum transfer.

Physics Electricity and Magnetism Workshop
Teachers will review core modeling principles, discuss ways to successfully implement a modeling approach, then work through coherent model-centered materials for high school electricity and magnetism from a microscopic particle perspective to develop a deep understanding of content and how to teach it effectively. The theme that underlies all units is the concept of the field, both electric and magnetic.  These concepts will be treated:
• Electrostatic force
• Electrostatic field
• Electrostatic potential energy
• Electrostatic potential
• Electrodynamics in circuits
• Magnetic field
• Magnetic force
*      Electromagnetic induction

Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) or visit http://modelinginstruction.org/teachers/workshops/ to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and strategies to seek funding (if needed) to participate.
Start Date: 06/15/2015
End Date: 06/26/2015
Duration: Dates are final.  Meet all day M-F
Application Deadline: 05/01/2015
or until filled
Opportunity Website: http://modelinginstruction.org/teachers/workshops/
Application Link: http://eddata.fnal.gov/lasso/program_search/register_workshop-online-pay.shtml
Sponsor Link: http://modelinginstruction.org

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: The cost in 2014 was $280.
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Professional Development/CPDU's
Benefit Explanation: The cost includes workshop materials.

4 hours of graduate credit optional from Aurora University; cost to be determined. Information on the first day of the workshop.

Registration begins on Feb. 15, 2015. It is being coordinated through Fermilab's Education Office. Fermilab is conducting many workshops this summer - please be sure you select the correct modeling workshop at Wheaton Warrenville South High School, with the dates from June 15 - 26, 2015.

For online registration, you can register and pay with a credit card at the application link URL above.

If you fill out the online form, select from the Modeling Biology, Modeling Chemistry, Modeling Physics: Mechanics or Modeling Physics: Electricity and Magnetism.  If you'd rather use the printed form from the PDF file, you can pay by check, school purchase order, or credit card.  Additionally, you can either mail or fax your registration in.  Be sure to use these same course titles for the course name entry on the written form.

We expect the workshops to fill quickly, so register as soon as possible after February 15, 2015.

Our school is Wheaton Warrenville South High School, 1993 Tiger Trail, Wheaton, IL 60189.  Here's a map.

If you come from out of town, there are MANY nearby housing options.  Here's a few. Ask if they have a long-term discount.
*  Candlewood Suites.
*  Residence Inn Marriott.
*  Hyatt Place.
*  Extended Stay America.
Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level courses in the corresponding content (i.e., physics, chemistry, biology).

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Jim Stankevitz
Science Department, Wheaton-Warrenville South High School
1993 Tiger Trail
Wheaton, IL 60189
Phone: 630-784-7200 x8734
Fax: 630-682-2196