Congratulations to Bob Baker, April Apparatus contest winner! Click here to check out his winning acceleration sled design and other contest entries.
May Modeling Tales Contest: Do you have a good modeling story? maybe something that happened at school? at a workshop? at Thanksgiving dinner? Submit your story of 500 words or less and compete for a chance to win your choice of an Amazon or Vernier $50 gift certificate. Click here to submit your entry.
Next Generation Science Standards released 4/10/2013 Click here to have a look.
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.
The links in the title bar above provide educators with the resources to successfully implement modeling instruction in their schools. Students and parents who want to know more about Modeling Instruction and how to succeed in a Modeling classroom can find links to information about how this approach differs from conventional instruction under the [About] menu. Anyone interested in articles about findings and evaluation instruments can find useful links under the [Research] menu.
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Call for Manuscripts: AMTA is planning to publish two books of, by and for Modelers – Modelers’ Tales, and A Practical Guide to Modeling Instruction and is seeking contributions from members. Click here for details.