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Reservations for Modeling Instruction Workshop: Chemistry I (High School)

STEMteachersNYC (an affiliate of the American Modeling Teachers Association)

Monday, July 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Friday, August 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

New York, NY

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Workshop Leaders: Larry Dukerich and Donghong Sun

General Description:
This workshop immerses teachers in Modeling Instruction, to develop skills in implementing this student-centered, research-informed, standards-based curricular approach with students. The instructors teach by example, guiding participants (in "student mode") through labs, activities, discussions, worksheets, and assessments in the core units of a high school chemistry course. 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. References describing Modeling Instruction and documenting its effectiveness are available at the American Modeling Teachers Association site. 

Course Content

I. Particulate structure of matter

  • Macroscopic vs. microscopic description of compounds, elements & mixtures
  • Explanation of (observed) macroscopic properties using microscopic models
  • Systematic explanation of details with models of increasing complexity
  • Macroscopic evidence of microscopic structure (ionic vs. modecular substances)

II. Energy & Kinetic Molecular Theory

  • Visualizable models (macroscopic analogs) for solids, liquids and gases
  • Coherent treatment of energy storage and transfer mechanisms
  • Role of energy in phase change
  • Distinction between heat and temperature

III. Stoichiometry

  • The mole concept - relating how much to how many 
  • Using equations to represent chemical change
  • Non-algorithmic approaches to chemical calculations

IV. Energy and chemical change

  • Chemical energy, thermal energy and ΔH
  • Activation energy and rates of chemical reactions
  • Energy transfer, thermal equilibrium and entropy



Is this workshop free?

No. There is a $450 fee for attending this workshop.  After you reserve a spot here, you will receive an email with payment details.

What is the workshop schedule?

Monday – Thursday: 9:00AM to 4:30PM with one hour lunch
Fridays: 9:00AM to 3:00PM with one hour lunch
Participants will be expected to devote additional time to completing assignments on their own. 

Can I earn graduate credit?

Graduate credit may be available at a local college. If available, this will require in-person registration, payment of tuition and fees, and successful completion of a final, written project. Additional information will be sent to registrants and posted at <>.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Questions about the content of the workshop should be addressed to Larry Dukerich ( or Donghong Sun (

Questions about organizational aspects of the workshop should be addressed to Fernand Brunschwig (, Chairman, PhysicsTeachersNYC.

Questions about registration and payments for this event should be addressed to Zhanna Glazenburg (, Treasurer, PhysicsTeachersNYC.

Is my reservation/ticket transferrable?

No, please contact Zhanna Glazenburg ( if you need to transfer your reservation to a different person/name.

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 Zhanna Glazenburg ( to address this.

Have questions about Reservations for Modeling Instruction Workshop: Chemistry I (High School)? Contact STEMteachersNYC (an affiliate of the American Modeling Teachers Association)

When & Where

Room 404, Zankel Hall, Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027

Monday, July 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Friday, August 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

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STEMteachersNYC (an affiliate of the American Modeling Teachers Association)

STEMteachersNYC (originally PhysicsTeachersNYC) 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 science 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 3-hour workshops on weekends during the school year. STEMteachersNYC is devoted to excellence in STEM 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, Gregg Swackhamer, and Larry Dukerich, as well as by many others across the country.  Over 6000 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 Chapter 1 of  Introductory Physics by Robert Karplus (book) or (eBook -- use "guest" for login and password).

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