Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page
|Name:||Mechanics Modeling Workshop in CA|
|School/Institution:||Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo|
|Department/Unit:||Department of Physics|
|City:||San Luis Obispo|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
|Teacher Level:||High School
|Description:||This workshop is for High School physics and physical science teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms.
Priority registration open for High School teachers in San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Bakersfield, Kern, and Tulare Counties, California. REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW for all other interested teachers, there is still space available.
Peer leader: Jon Anderson of Minneapolis, MN
Questions on content: JPAnderson@ISD12.org
Other questions? Sarah Hegg: SHegg@calpoly.edu
To exemplify effective instruction, this workshop is taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Physics content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials (resources) and work through 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, AAAS Project 2061 and state K-12 science standards.
Student activities are organized into modeling cycles that engage students systematically in all aspects of modeling. (The modeling cycle is described at http://modeling.asu.edu/modeling-HS.html.) 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.
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.
or until filled
Benefits and Requirements
|Cost:||$250 (make checks payable to Cal Poly Corporation)|
College Transcript Credit
|Benefit Explanation:||Approved by Cal Poly Extended Education for 1,3, or 5 CEUs (Available at an additional fee of: $75, $95, $115)
Parking and lunch provided daily
Contact info for all motels, suites, bed & breakfasts, & a HOSTEL in San Luis Obispo: http://visitslo.com/Library/SLOHotels.2012.pdf Reserve ASAP! Cal Poly Commencement is Sat. & Sunday, June 15 & 16. Ask for a long-term rate.
* San Luis Obispo Airport (SBP) is served by United Express and US Airways. Non-stop flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix.
* Amtrak from Seattle and San Diego.
* Greyhound buses.
|Other Prerequisites:||Two semesters of college-level physics
Please make registration checks payable to: Cal Poly Corporation
Checks can be mailed to:
California Polytechnic State University
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Registration fees must be received by June 10, 2013.
Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information
Sarah Hegg, Admin Asst to Prof. Chance Hoellwarth
Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA