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Re: [Phys-L] 14 Modeling Workshops in July and August have openings

Post-secondary faculty are invited to Modeling Workshops. A Modeling Workshop is valuable professional development.

Modeling Instruction has great success at Florida International University; Eric Brewe and Laird Kramer have published several research articles on it. (Find them by googling their names.)

Ted Hodapp, Director of Education & Diversity at the American Physical Society (APS), said that in a meeting with physics majors at Florida International University, they were asked what made them decide to become physics majors. Many pointed to their professor, Laird Kramer, and others spoke explicitly that their introductory physics course was taught using Modeling. They found the experience so engaging that it inspired them to become physics majors. (Thids paragraph was reviewed by Ted Hodapp, and it can be freely shared.)

Modeling Workshops thoroughly address most aspects of high school science teaching, including integration of teaching methods with course content. Workshops incorporate up-to-date results of physics and science education research, best high school curriculum materials, use of technology, and experience in collaborative learning and guidance.
Participants are introduced to the Modeling Method as a systematic approach to design of curriculum and instruction. The name Modeling Instruction expresses an emphasis on making and using conceptual models of physical, chemical, and biological phenomena as central to learning and doing science. Mathematics instruction is integrated seamlessly throughout each course by an emphasis on mathematical modeling.
In each workshop, content for an entire semester course is reorganized around models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials and work through activities alternately in roles of student or teacher. Teachers use computers as scientific tools to collect, organize, analyze, visualize, and model real data.


Workshop descriptions:
Information on travel and housing is at this website.

Openings exist at these locations; some are universities. (Specifically, Columbia University in NYC, Buffalo State College in upstate NY; Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. )

- Mobile, AL, July 7-18, mechanics and chemistry workshops; contact Tim
(pcb sequence is featured, but applicable to bcp sequence, too)
"Yes...we need more if at all possible!"

- Atlanta GA, July 7-25, chemistry; contact Tina Davis:
"I have 3 spots left", as of June 24.

- Wheaton, IL, August 5-15, chemistry; contact Phil Culcasi:
"Yes - we still have August openings."

- Bowling Green, KY, July 7-25, mechanics; contact Richard
"We would welcome additional participants."

- New Orleans, LA, July 7-25, mechanics and chemistry; contact
Andrea Walker:

- Kennebunk, ME, July 28-August 8, mechanics and chemistry; contact
Dean Meggison:
"YES we still have openings in both chemistry and physics...chemistry is particularly low this year; we have limited free housing still available also."

- Buffalo, NY, July 21-August 8, mechanics and electricity & magnetism;
contact Dan MacIsaac:

- New York, NY, July 21-August 8, mechanics, models of light, and
chemistry (3 $400 scholarships available ); contact Fernand Brunschwig:

Jane Jackson, Co-Director, Modeling Instruction Program
Box 871504, Dept.of Physics, ASU, Tempe, AZ 85287
For 23 years, Modeling Instruction has helped 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. The American Physical Society recognized it with the 2014 Excellence in Physics Education Award.
The American Modeling Teachers Assn (AMTA) is expanding the work: . AMTA is a 100Kin10 Partner.