Welcome to the official website of the American Modeling Teachers Association! AMTA is an organization of teachers, by teachers and for teachers who utilize Modeling Instruction in their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching practice.
Modeling Instruction, under development since 1990 under the leadership of David Hestenes (Emeritus Professor of Physics, Arizona State University), corrects many weaknesses of the traditional lecture-demonstration method, including fragmentation of knowledge, student passivity, and persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world. Unlike the traditional approach, in which students wade through an endless stream of seemingly unrelated topics, Modeling Instruction organizes the course around a small number of scientific models, thus making the course coherent. It applies structured inquiry techniques to the teaching of basic skills and practices in mathematical modeling, proportional reasoning, quantitative estimation and technology-enabled data collection and analysis. Continue reading
A number of modelers have described the dilemma they face convincing school officials that textbooks are the not best way to spend limited funds. Who needs textbooks? is a two-page document that you might use to help support your position against purchasing textbooks for your course.
AMTA is pleased to announce that we are making available “Physics First” units developed by Modelers around the country.
Many high schools have seen the value of an introductory physics course, usually changing the traditional Biology-Chemistry-Physics sequence with Physics-Chemistry-Biology. Teachers at Shady Side Academy (Pittsburgh, PA) and in St. Louis, MO have modified Modeling physics units to address the needs of ninth graders (since the Modeling materials were generally developed for the traditional junior/senior level course).
These files can be downloaded from our new Physics First page.
Ryan Woodside has been blogging his attendance at the Biology Modeling workshop at Rowan University. We encourage you to read it here: woodsidebiology.wordpress.com
The summer edition of The Whiteboard, AMTA’s quarterly newsletter, is now available.