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
Follow this link to obtain information and register for the Modeling Camp/Retreat. The event will take place at Camp Tontozona near Payson, Arizona (elevation ~5500 feet, so it will not be hot, like Phoenix) from June 28th-30th, 2014.
Follow this link to the Workshops 2014 page which shows a partial list of workshops to be offered this summer. This page is updated frequently.
Excerpt from ETSU Northeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub
By Gerri St. Clair, Chemistry Teacher, Sullivan South High School, Kingsport, TN
Modeling Instruction has changed the way I teach chemistry
I have taught Chemistry at Sullivan South High School for 20+ years and nothing has changed my style of teaching more than attending the Modeling Chemistry workshops for 10 days each in June 2012 and June 2013 at East Tennessee State University. 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 by Larry Dukerich that expresses a view held by some modelers the purchase of textbooks may not be the best way to use your school’s limited resources.