Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page
|Name:||4 mechanics & chemistry Modeling Workshops in Michigan|
|School/Institution:||Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southeast|
|Department/Unit:||5055 Delemere Avenue|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
|Teacher Level:||High School
|Description:||Pending funding, four mechanics and chemistry Modeling Workshops will be held in Michigan in summer 2014. A group led by Mike Gallagher submitted a MSP grant proposal to offer chem and phys in 4 regions of the state. When they are notified, if they are funded, they will set dates and places. In that it is a state grant, the primary focus is to support Michigan teachers. If there are open seats in some workshops, they may be able to work out a policy to welcome teachers from other states.
Questions? Mike.Gallagher@oakland.k12.mi.us or 248.209.2234
Peer leaders in 2013 were: Don Pata of Grosse Pointe North HS
Laura Ritter of Troy School District
Location in 2013 was: Oakland Schools Technical Campus SE, 5055 Delemere Ave, Royal Oak, MI
The mechanics workshop is for physics and physical science teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms. To exemplify effective instruction, the 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.
|Duration:||No class on July 4. Follow-up meetings in academic year.|
|Application Link:||forthcoming if funded|
Benefits and Requirements
College Transcript Credit
|Benefit Explanation:||Participants may be able to get graduate credits or CEUs for an additional fee. Please ask the organizers, a few months before the workshop, so that they have time to arrange it.|
|Other Prerequisites:||Two semesters of college-level physics|
Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information
Mike Gallagher, Science Consultant
2111 Pontiac Lake Rd
Waterford Township, MI 48328