Reservations for Modeling Instruction Workshop: Mechanics
Monday, July 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Friday, August 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
WORKSHOP LEADERS: Craig Buszka (Physics Teacher, Montgomery HS, Skillman, NJ) and Seth Guiñals-Kupperman (Physics Teacher, HS for Math, Science, and Engineering at CCNY, NYC)
The workshop will be over 3 weeks (July 22--Aug 9) in Manhattan, at Columbia Teachers College (Zankel Hall, 525 West 120 St., New York, NY 10027). The workshop will run Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Specific topics are as follows:
- Scientific methods
- Constant velocity
- Uniform acceleration
- Free particle (zero net force)
- Net force
- Two-dimensional motion
- Central net force
OBJECTIVE: To acquaint teachers with all aspects of the modeling method and develop some skill in implementing it, participants will be provided with a set of written curriculum materials organized into coherent modeling cycles (as described in Wells et al., A Modeling Method . . ., American Journal of Physics, Vol 63, pp. 606-619, 1995). The physical materials and experiments in the curriculum are simple and quite standard, already available in most physics classrooms.
- Educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided-inquiry method of teaching mechanics concepts that are fundamental to all sciences.
- Help participants integrate computer courseware effectively into the curriculum.
- Help teachers make better use of national resources for science education.
- Establish electronic network support and a learning community among participants.
- Strengthen local institutional support for participants as school leaders in standards-based reform.
This workshop immerses teachers in Modeling Instruction to stimulate development of the skills necessary to implement this student-centered, research-informed, standards-based approach with students. The instructors teach by example, guiding participants through labs, activities, discussions, worksheets, and assessments in the mechanics course manual as they would with high school students. 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 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 a teaching philosophy.
Who should take it?
One semester or more of previous algebra-based physics is strongly recommended. The focus is on teaching of high school physics. The workshop is also directly relevant to teaching of physical science and "Physics First" (in 9th grade or earlier). Modeling Instruction is useful for science teaching at any level, and the content (Newton's laws of motion, . . .) is a key part of much of science.Thus middle and high school teachers of other science subjects are also likely to find the workshop useful. Students preparing to teach science as well as college faculty are also welcome.
Is this workshop free?
No. There is a $450 free 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 (1-2 hours/day) 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 <PhysicsTeachersNYC.org>.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Questions about organizational aspects of the workshop and PhysicsTeachersNYC should be addressed to Fernand Brunschwig (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Questions about registration and payments for this event should be addressed to Zhanna Glazenburg (email@example.com).
Is my reservation/ticket transferrable?
No, please contact Zhanna Glazenburg (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) to address this.
When & Where
PhysicsTeachersNYC (an affiliate of the American Modeling Teachers Association)
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 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. PhysicsTeachersNYC 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. Find out more at <PhysicsTeachersNYC.org>.
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 5000 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 (book) or (eBook -- use "guest" for login and password).