Professional Development Opportunity Detail Page
|Name:||Modeling Workshop at BGSU: Intro Mechanics & Chem (together)|
|School/Institution:||Bowling Green State University|
|Department/Unit:||Physics & Astronomy|
|Opportunity Type:||Modeling Workshop
|Teacher Level:||High School
|Description:||This workshop is for physics, chemistry and physical science teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms. It is open to high school science teachers in Ohio. Out-of-state teachers can participate at their own expense if space is available after the deadline date.
Content: intro mechanics and intro chemistry
Peer leaders: forthcoming
To exemplify effective instruction, this workshop is taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Physics and chemistry content are reorganized around basic models to increase the structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials (resources) and work through activities alternately in 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 and chemical 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. Modeling Instruction is completely aligned with the eight science practices outlined in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Standards.
Student activities are organized into modeling cycles that engage students systematically in all aspects of modeling. (Specifics of the modeling cycle are 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.
Participants will design and carry out a series of investigations that use Modeling Instruction. They will practice Socratic questioning techniques that will enable them to foster scientific discourse among students and that aid in assessing student learning. Each participant will keep a daily journal book of problems solved, labs done, personal notes and reflections on activities and readings, and expected student difficulties with ways to address them.
For questions, email Prof. John Laird: Laird AT bgsu.edu
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:||2 weeks (MTWThF: 80 hours) and 6 weekday evening follow-ups during the 2012-2013 school year|
Benefits and Requirements
|Cost:||free for Ohio teachers|
College Transcript Credit
|Benefit Explanation:||As of December 2012, we await notification of funding by the Ohio Board of Regents in the ESEA Title IIA IMPROVING TEACHER QUALITY program, and by Bowling Green State University.
Free graduate credit at BGSU (3 summer, 1 for 6 follow-up meetings in school year)
$300 worth instructional resources
|Other Prerequisites:||1 semester each of college physics and college chemistry|
Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403