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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
Modeling teachers are often asked how well Modeling Instruction aligns with the NGSS Science & Engineering Practices. A group of modelers worked on such a document and now it’s ready for members to download. We hope it proves helpful to Modeling teachers in their discussions with curriculum directors and other teachers.
Modeler Tim Burgess’ team of physics students took top honors in the University of Alabama High School Physics Competition again this year. Tim made a deal with the team that, if they won, he would shave his head. He had to do that, two years in a row, because the team won. Read about it at http://drburgess.blogspot.com/2014/02/
Check out our grant competition by clicking the “Research” tab. AMTA will award up to $20,000 this year in grants of $1-5000 to individuals or groups of teachers or researchers who produce publishable research on Modeling Instruction.
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.