Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page
|Name:||mechanics, e&m, chemistry, biology Modeling Workshops near Chicago|
|School/Institution:||Wheaton Warrenville South High School|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
|Teacher Level:||High School
|Description:||These four workshops are for high school physics, chemistry, and biology teachers nationwide who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms.
Mechanics peer leader: Matt Scheffler.
e&m peer leader: Jim Stankevitz.
Chemistry peer leader: Phil Culcasi.
All three teach at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School in Wheaton, IL
Biology peer leader: tentatively Angela Gard.
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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.
The Modeling Method is introduced as a systematic approach to the design of curriculum and instruction. The name Modeling Instruction expresses an emphasis on making and using conceptual models of physical phenomena as central to learning and doing science. Using models and modeling in science education is recommended by NSES and AAAS Project 2061. Modeling Instruction is aligned with all eight scientific practices of the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education (2011).
Student activities are organized into modeling cycles that engage students systematically in all aspects of modeling. (Specifics of the modeling cycle are here.) The teacher guides students through each modeling cycle, with an eye to improving the quality of student discourse by insisting on accurate use of scientific terms, on clarity and cogency of expressed ideas and arguments. After a few cycles, students gain skill at conducting scientific investigations without excessive prompting from the teacher. The main job of the teacher is then to supply them with more powerful modeling tools. Lecturing is restricted to scaffolding new concepts and principles on a need basis.
Chemistry Workshop Goals
The Modeling approach to chemistry is based on the particulate nature of matter. The Arizona State University Modeling website (http://modeling.asu.edu/ModelingChemistry-storyline.htm) 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 and review the Modeling approach to high school science instruction. This methodology aims to make student thinking visible through white board presentations, Socratic questioning and peer review. The second goal is to enhance and develop the current chemistry modeling curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on the first eight units: the simple particle through relating how much to how many particles (i.e. stoichiometry).
Biology Modeling Workshop description:
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. The workshops in 2013 and 2014 focus on Units 1 to 4. A future workshop will focus on Units 5 to 7.
Unit 1: Experimental Design
2: Classifying Life
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.
|Duration:||Dates are final. Meet all day M-F|
or until filled
Benefits and Requirements
College Transcript Credit
|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 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 16 - 27, 2014.
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. The fee is $280. 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.
Our school is Wheaton Warrenville South High School, 1993 Tiger Trail, Wheaton, IL 60189. Here's a map: http://goo.gl/maps/gKA4V
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|Other Prerequisites:||Two semesters of college-level courses in the corresponding content (i.e., physics, chemistry, biology).|
Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information
Science Department, Wheaton-Warrenville South High School
1993 Tiger Trail
Wheaton, IL 60189
Phone: 630-784-7200 x8734