STEMteachersNYC is happy to announce three Modeling Instruction Workshops for Summer 2014:
1. Modeling Instruction: Mechanics led by Paul Bianchi and Seth Guinals-Kupperman - introductory level - requires one or more algebra and trigonometry-based course in physics. See FAQ below for details about the content and approach of this workshop. Participants can enroll for and earn three graduate credits at SUNY Empire State College (at additional cost).
2. Modeling Instruction: Chemistry led by Donghong Sun and Tammy Gwara - introductory level - requires one or more algebra-based course in chemistry. See FAQ below for details about the content and approach of this workshop. Participants can enroll for and earn three graduate credits at SUNY Empire State College (at additional cost).
3. Modeling Instruction: Models of Light led by Mark Schober and Kofi Donnelly - advanced level - requires one previous, intensive, 3-week Modeling Instruction Workshop and one or more algebra and trigonometry-based course in physics. See FAQ below for details about the content and approach of this workshop. Participants can enroll for and earn three graduate credits at SUNY Empire State College (at additional cost).
All three workshops will run for 3 full weeks (Mon., July 21, 2014 to Fri., August 8, 2014) in Manhattan, at Columbia Teachers College (Zankel Hall, 525 West 120 St., New York, NY 10027). The workshop sessions will be Mon. through Thurs., 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and Fri. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, followed by an optional social hour. The fee for each workshop is $499 which includes a non-refundable $50 reservation fee.
Please read the FAQs section below carefully before registering for the workshop of your choice.
Are these workshops free?
No. The full fee for any one of these 3-week workshops is $499. Your $50 non-refundable reservation fee is part of the total $499 workshop fee. After you reserve a spot and pay the $50 reservation fee, you will receive an email with details about payment of the remaining $449. The deadline for full payment will be later in the spring. We encourage teachers to apply for financial support to their schools and districts, as well as to local community organizations and foundations.
What is the workshop schedule?
Monday to Thursday: 9:00AM to 4:30PM with one hour lunch
Fridays: 9:00AM to 3:00PM with one hour lunch, with optional informal social hour nearby 3:30-4:30.
Are there pre-requisites for taking these workshops?
Mechanics and Chemistry workshops are designed as introductory workshops and therefore do not require previous workshops in Modeling Instruction. However, Mechanics requires at least one previous algebra and trigonometry-based course in physics, and Chemistry requires at least one previous algebra-based course in chemistry.
The Models of Light workshop is at the advanced level: Participants are expected to have previously taken one or more algebra and trig.-based physics course and at least one intensive, summer Modeling Instruction Workshop. Please make sure you have satisfied the pre-requisites for this workshop prior to registering and paying. You will not be allowed to take the Models of Light workshop if you have not satisfied the workshop pre-requisites. Note: we cannot refund reservation fees for reservations made in error.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
I am interested in taking more than one workshop. Can I register for multiple workshops?
No. All three workshops will run at the same time. If you need help deciding which workshop fits your needs best, pease emailthe STEMteachersNYC treasurer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Is the reservation fee refundable?
No. Please be sure you are able to attend the workshop prior to registering for it. If you mistakenly register for 2 or 3 workshops that take place at the same time, we will not be able to refund the reservation fee.
Is my reservation/ticket transferrable?
No, please contact the STEMteachersNYC treasurer (email@example.com) if you need to transfer your reservation to a different person/name, or if you wish to transfer your registration to a different workshop.
Can I update my reservation information?
Yes, you can update your reservation information.
The name on the reservation/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
No, please contact the STEMteachersNYC treasurer (firstname.lastname@example.org) to address this.
Can you provide additional details about the content and approach of these workshops?
In all three workshops, the instructors teach by example, guiding participants through a series of well-defined scientific models using a detailed course manual including classroom-tested, teacher-developed labs, activities, discussions, worksheets, and assessments. An explicit modeling learning cycle is used. Teachers should expect to carry out experiments, interpret their results, and discuss their work with colleagues in "student mode." Teachers will also review the pedagogical implications and consider implementation in "teacher mode." References describing Modeling Instruction and documenting its effectiveness are available at <http://modeling.asu.edu/R&E/Research.html> and at <http://tinyurl.com/modelingarticle >.
All three workshops will follow outlines and use the course manuals developed by the American Modeling Teachers Association and its predecessor, the Modeling Instruction Program, over the past 20 years.
1. Physics (Mechanics). This workshop is intended for teachers who have not previously taken a workshop in Modeling Instruction. Eight explicit models, as detailed in the mechanics modeling course manual, are studied in “student mode”: a) Constant velocity model; b) Uniform acceleration model; c) Free particle (balanced force) model; d) Constant, unbalanced (net) force model; e) Constant vertical and zero horizontal acceleration particle (projectile motion) model; f) Circular motion model; g) Momentum transfer (conservation) model; and h) Energy transfer (conservation) model. In “teacher mode,” the pedagogical rationales for all aspects of the example instruction are explored, as well as accommodating various student populations, class schedules, testing requirements, and laboratory resources. Through readings and discussion, the workshop delves into cognitive research, pedagogical content knowledge, and the theoretical underpinnings of Models and Modeling so as to develop an understanding of Modeling Instruction as both a teaching practice and philosophy.
2. Chemistry. This workshop is intended for teachers who have not previously taken a workshop in Modeling Instruction. The workshop immerses teachers in Modeling Instruction so that participants develop the skills necessary to implement this student-centered, research-informed, standards-based curricular approach with their students. The instructors guide participants through the core units of a high school chemistry course as they would with high school students. In teacher mode, the pedagogical rationale for all aspects of the example instruction is explored as well as accommodating various student populations, class schedules, testing requirements, and laboratory resources. Through readings and discussion, the workshop also delves into cognitive research, pedagogical content knowledge, and the theoretical underpinnings of Models and Modeling that are essential to understanding Modeling Instruction as both a teaching practice and philosophy.
Specific topics of study include: particulate structure of matter, energy and kinetic molecular theory, stoichiometry, and energy and chemical change.
3. Models of Light. This workshop is at advanced level. It requires one previous, intensive, 3-week Modeling Instruction Workshop and one or more algebra and trigonometry-based course in physics. Participants in this workshop will focus on building, testing, and applying/deploying the particle (ray), wave, and photon (quantum/wave-particle) models of light. The assumptions behind each model will be explored in some depth, as well as the range of phenomena where each model succeeds and fails. Participants will carry out many of the key experiments (including formation of images, double slit, diffraction, photoelectric effect, . . . ), and, in “student mode,” discuss the results with peers. The pedagogical aspects will be discussed in “teacher mode.” Guidance about where to obtain materials and how to construct key apparatus will be available so teachers can implement the lessons from the workshop in their classrooms.
For more information about STEMteachersNYC (formerlyPhysicsTeachersNYC), please visit our website: PhysicsTeachersNYC.org
To join STEMteachersNYC (formerly PhysicsTeachersNYC), fill out our survey: <tinyurl.com/modelingsurvey>
(Members find out about workshops first and can sign up before others.)
When & Where
STEMteachersNYC was originated in summer of 2011 by a group of teachers as a teacher-led physics study group. The founders were all practitioners of Modeling Instruction, developed by university and high school physics teachers over the past 20 years through a collaborative process that continues as one of the primary activities of the American Modeling Teachers Association. STEMteachersNYC is affiliated with the AMTA and conducts 3-week summer modeling workshops as well as monthly 3-hour meetings on weekends during the school year. PTNYC is devoted to excellence in science teaching with a general focus on modeling instruction and similar approaches.
Modeling Instruction. The use of modeling in teaching was pioneered by Robert Karplus in his 1969 textbook, "Introductory Physics: A Modeling Approach. Modeling Instruction was subsequently developed at Arizona State University by David Hestenes, Malcom Wells, and Gregg Swackhamer, as well as by many others across the country. Over 500 teachers have taken teacher-led Modeling Instruction workshops in the summer, and the best way to learn about Modeling Instruction is by taking a summer workshop. If you'd like to read more about it, go to American Modeling Teachers Association or take a look at the Chapter 1 of Introductory Physics by Robert Karplus.