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Name: mechanics Modeling Workshop at ASU
School/Institution: Arizona State University
Department/Unit: Physics
City: Tempe
State: AZ
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Inservice
post-secondary
Teacher Level: High School
Description: For high school physics teachers worldwide.

Peer leader: Jeff Steinert
Location: ASU Bateman Physical Sciences Center, Tempe
      8am to 3:30pm MTWTh, 8am to noon F
Course title: PHS 530: Methods of Teaching Physics I              

For questions, please e-mail Jane Jackson: jane.jackson@asu.edu

Goals
The Modeling Workshop in Mechanics is an intensive 3-week course with these goals:
1. educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided inquiry method of teaching and at the same time improve their content knowledge,
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.

Objectives
The main objective of the 1st summer Modeling Workshop in mechanics is to acquaint teachers with all aspects of the modeling method and develop some skill in implementing it. To that end, teachers are provided with a fairly complete set of written course 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 are simple and quite standard, already available in any reasonably equipped physics 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 of the nine units in the mechanics 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.

Analogous goals and objectives apply for the 1st semester chemistry (July 7-25, 2014) workshop at ASU.
Modeling Instruction is aligned with the eight science practices outlined in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education and in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program or visit http://modeling.asu.edu/MNS/MNS.html to find information on these 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.
Start Date: 06/08/2015
End Date: 06/26/2015
Duration: 3 weeks (MTWThF)
Application Deadline: 06/01/2015
Opportunity Website: http://modeling.asu.edu/MNS/MNS.html
Application Link: http:modeling.asu.edu/MNS/MNS.html
Sponsor Link: http://modelinginstruction.org

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: In late Feb., ASU tuition is posted at http://modeling.asu.edu/MNS/MNS.html
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: 3 graduate credits optional.

The ASU application fee is $70. (ASU charges a late fee of $50 for
ASU applications that are not paid by May 10 or so, and another late fee of $50 for course registration after May 31.) 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. We hope to have partial tuition scholarships for out-of-state teachers, too. Contact Jane.Jackson@asu.edu .


On-campus housing can be arranged (private room, shared bath in furnished apartment): in summer 2014 it cost $19/day. Beautiful low-cost family housing in upscale Scottsdale, 7 miles north of campus. Contact Jane Jackson.
Other Prerequisites: Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college physics. The workshop is for
*  high school physics teachers and
*  those who intend to teach high school physics next year, and
*  teachers in the ASU MNS degree program with concentration in physics.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Jane Jackson
Department of Physics, Arizona State University
Box 871504
Tempe, AZ 85287-1504
Phone: 480-965-8438