Chemistry and Physics Workshops - 2014

The Modeling Workshop:

The workshops on both chemistry and physics teaching thoroughly address all aspects of middle & high school teaching, including the integration of teaching methods with course content for chemistry and physics classrooms. Special emphasis will be placed on modeling conceptual development and integrating technology appropriate for the middle and high school.

Participants will be introduced to the Modeling Method as a systematic approach to the design of curriculum and instruction. Participants will be instructed on computer hardware and software selection, techniques for laboratory data collection and analysis, and internet use to help them become experts on the best uses of technology in education. Participants will be given techniques to deliver in-service training and help in strengthening local teacher alliances.

For more information on the workshop, please select the Workshop Details document.


The Modeling Cycle:

Participant activities are organized into modeling cycles that engage participants systematically in all aspects of modeling. Each cycle has two phases.

(1) Model development

A cycle begins with a demonstration and a discussion to establish a common contextual understanding of terminology and goals. The leader is sensitive to participant's initial knowledge state and builds on it, instead of treating their minds as empty vessels.

In groups of three, participants design and perform their own experiments and prepare whiteboards for presentation of results and conclusion. Participant's reports articulate and evaluate a model for making sense of experimental results, and submit to questions and critique from all other participants.

(2) Model deployment

Participants are given a variety of problems and situation to analyze using the model. They prepare to present and defend their arguments and conclusions. Leader guides participants unobtrusively through each modeling cycle, with an eye to improving the quality of student discourse by insisting on accurate use of scientific terms, on clarity and cogency of expressed ideas and arguments.

PROVISO: Experience shows that a 3-week minimum is needed by most high school science teachers to transform their teaching to modeling instruction. Participants with prior modeling training find the workshop reinvigorates their teaching. Those without modeling training will recognize this is a first step in long-term professional development.

Please select this Application Form to register for the workshop of your choice.

Workshop Features:

  • Each discipline is limited to 12 participants/week, 6:1 student to instructor ratio.
  • Two intensive 40-hour (two week) sessions for each discipline.


Workshop Details            Application Form

The Chemistry Workshop Testimonial:

workshop workshop This was an excellent workshop. I appreciated the continued focus on pedagogy and how best to teach difficult ideas or concepts to students. It was also nice to have both college and high school instructors (both as leaders and participants) to see differences in implementation / whiteboards /environments and grading.


The Physics Workshop Testimonial:

workshop workshop The presenters created an excellent learning environment and skillfully integrated the experience of the attendees while mentoring the activities.

The workshop was a wonderful introduction to modeling and how to apply it to our classrooms. The instructors were wonderful and explained the methodology well.