San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
WORKSHOP LEADERS: Donghong Sun and Tammy Gwara (Chemistry Teachers, Trinity School, New York, NY)
The gas laws are usually presented in chemistry textbooks as a set of equations. Students are then required to memorize these equations and plug in numbers to solve problems. In this workshop, you will gain direct experience with Modeling Instruction – a process through which students can reach understanding of the gas laws as proportional relationships by interpreting experimental results and building graphical representations of a particle view of gas behavior. Students can then apply their proportional reasoning skills in other areas of study and in real life.
We will be collecting and analyzing data (in “student mode”) in three experiments to develop the relationships between gas pressure and the volume, the number of particles, and the temperature. These relationships will be interpreted and represented by drawing particle diagrams based on our understanding of particle behavior of gases. We will then apply these relationships to solve problems by beginning with the meaning of proportional relationships, rather than by simply plugging numbers into a set of equations. Finally, in “teacher mode,” we will critique and discuss our experience and the classroom/pedagogical implications
Please bring a laptop if possible and install the data analysis software (Vernier Logger Pro) ahead of time. After you have registered for this workshop, we will send you the links and passwords required to download and install the software.
This workshop uses the Modeling Instruction approach and is a sample of the upcoming intensive 3-week Summer 2014 Chemistry Modeling Instruction Workshop (Dates are Monday July 21 through Friday, August 8. Register Kfor the summer workshop at: ).
Questions should be addressed to Fernand Brunschwig gmail.com>. If you want to get email notification of future workshops, fill out application/survey at <http://tinyurl.com/modelingsurvey> and we will invite you to receive email updates via the STEMteachersNYC GoogleGroup mailing list.
When & Where
STEMteachersNYC was founded 2011 by a group of 25 teachers. With 550 current teacher-members and growing, STEMteachersNYC is a leading force for improving science education in the tri-state area. In affiliation with the American Modeling Teachers Association, STEMteachersNYC conducts 3-week summer modeling workshops as well as monthly 3-hour weekend workshops during the school year. STEMteachersNYC is devoted to excellence in science teaching with a general focus on Modeling Instruction and similar hands-on approaches.
Modeling Instruction is a pedagogy that uses student-driven authentic laboratory investigations to help students construct, refine and apply the fundamental conceptual models that form the content core of the sciences. Students represent these models in multiple ways and share their understanding with their fellow students to promote deep understanding. In professional development workshops, teachers perform experiments in “student mode” using Modeling Instruction curriculum resources just as their students would, then discuss how they might work in classrooms in “teacher mode” conversations. If you'd like to read more about it, go to www.modelinginstruction.org or take a look at Chapter 1 of Introductory Physics by Robert Karplus, the intellectual father of the model approach.