January 2016 American Modeling Teacher Association Announcement

AMTA

ATTENTION SCIENCE TEACHERS!

50 Modeling Workshops in high school and middle school sciences will be offered this summer, in many states. Most workshops are two or three weeks long. CEUs; optional graduate credit, stipends at grant-funded sites. Modeling Instruction is research-informed.

Registration is open for many workshops. Please plan your summer professional development and think about taking a Modeling Workshop. Ask your school administration to help pay.

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Workshop descriptions:

ABOUT MODELING INSTRUCTION:

Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program and a Promising Educational Technology program by the U.S. Department of Education. 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 roles of student or teacher, as they practice techniques of guided inquiry and cooperative learning.

Each MODELING WORKSHOP has these features:

* aligned with National Science Education Standards

* focuses on all 8 scientific practices of NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education.

* addresses multiple learning styles.

* addresses student naive conceptions.

* collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.

* systems, models, modeling.

* coherent curriculum framework, but not a curriculum; thus flexible.

* compatible with Socratic methods, project-based instruction, Cambridge curriculum, PBL, etc.

* science & math literacy.

* authentic assessments.

* high-tech and low-tech options for labs.

Models and theories are the purpose and the outcomes of scientific practices. They are tools for engineering design and problem solving.

Thus, modeling guides all other practices.

TEACHERS SAY:

* I'm a better teacher after modeling, I like my job more, I feel the kids walk away with real transferable skills.

* It moves students in the direction of being independent learners, and it puts the responsibility for learning where it belongs - on the

students.

* The Modeling program is the only one I have found that is truly grounded in how students learn and attacks head-on the misconceptions

students have.

Experiment ------> Consensus ------> Representation

Experimentation ------> Modeling -------> Understanding

Questions: contact Wendy Heheman, AMTA Outreach Coordinator: