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[Phys-l] Modeling Workshops this summer: HS physics, chem, phys sci, biology teachers

(please forward to high school teachers)

Feb. 2, 2012
Modeling Workshops in high school physics, chemistry, and/or physical science will be held in summer 2012 at ~28 sites in ~20 states.

These locations will offer workshops: Tempe AZ, San Francisco Bay area, Miami FL, Chicago IL, multiple locations in Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, southern Maine, Detroit MI, Winona MN, southern New Jersey, Albuquerque NM, Buffalo NY, Columbus OH, Bowling Green OH, central & northern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, South Dakota, Tennessee, Houston TX, Virginia, and Oshkosh WI (and possibly others).

A Modeling Workshop in 9th - 10th grade biology will be held in New Jersey.

Visit for details. Click on "Modeling Workshops Nationwide in Summer 2011".

Some of these Modeling Workshops are described in detail at .

Modeling Workshops are peer-led. Content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials and work through activities alternately in the roles of student or teacher, as they practice techniques of guided inquiry and cooperative learning.

Modeling Instruction is one of two K-12 science programs designated by the U.S. Department of Education as EXEMPLARY.

Some sites have stipends, usually for in-state teachers.
Graduate credit is available at most sites.

Comments by teachers:
* David Braunschweig (retired; consultant for Vernier Software & Technology) wrote: "After the first year of teaching using the modeling method, I wished I had learned about modeling years ago."
* In the one year that I have been modeling, I have seen wonderful results.
* [As a graduate student in physics], I discovered the modeling method
of instruction to be a rigorous approach to physics instruction on the high school level, and one that is consistent with the way physicists understand the universe. (Doug Vallette)
* Compared to "traditional" physics teaching, at our school modeling has
(A) Larger enrollment in physics and AP Physics
(B) Higher retention of students majoring in engineering and science when
they go off to college
(C) Greater quantitative analytical skills
(D) Greater quantitative presentation skills
(E) Much higher ability for "future non-science students" to communicate
with science people
(F) No plugging and chugging.
* We have had 3 physics teachers and 5 chemistry teachers enhance their professional development at your ASU modeling workshops. Modeling has made a world of difference in our science courses. (Ray Howanski)

Jane Jackson, Co-Director, Modeling Instruction Program
Box 871504, Dept.of Physics, ASU, Tempe, AZ 85287
For 21 years, the Modeling Instruction Program has been
helping teachers attain knowledge and skills needed
to benefit their students. Modeling Instruction is
designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program
by the U.S. Department of Education.