Fall 2017 Modeling Distance Learning Courses

Greetings friend of AMTA,

We are pleased to announce six distance learning Modeling Instruction courses beginning offered starting in August 2017. These courses are being led by highly experience Modeling Workshop leaders through an online environment. They will meet one night a week for three hours for a total of 15 weeks beginning the week of August 22nd. The 45 hours of excellent professional development can be taken for three graduate credits through Aurora University.

Tuesday Nights

Middle School Modeling Advanced Topics

The workshop will review of the units typically covered in an Introduction to Middle School Modeling workshop, followed by a consideration of the 3-overarching middle school “super-models:” matter (describing and classifying its structure), energy (as an agent of change in any system), matter and energy interactions (system interactions). The workshop will also explore and develop life science themes in these three areas. Units to be covered include Life in Bodies of Water, Plants and Photosynthesis, and Heredity and Adaptations.

Leaders: George Nelson & Scott Stokes

Thermodynamics/Energy Modeling

Leaders: Levi Torrison & Philip Root

The course will focus on extending understanding of energy to include advanced topics such as free energy, entropy, heat cycles, and heat capacityThe goal of this Modeling Methods course is to provide meaningful professional development for in-service teachers using student-centered, inquiry-based, constructivist practices.

Wednesday Nights

Microscopic Electricity & Magnetism Modeling

Leaders: David Weaver & Dwain Desbien

This course will develop content knowledge and pedagogy for teaching a high school electricity and magnetism course from a microscopic Modeling perspective. It will require you to bring your Modeling “A” game each week!

Introduction to Modeling Methods-designed for first-time modelers

Leaders: Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz & Special Guests

This course will delve into the cognitive underpinnings of Modeling Theory—reading about some of the seminal theories upon which it is based, engage in Modeling discourse and practice discourse management, watch video of Modeling classrooms and make sense of student thinking by watching them whiteboard and listening to them talk with each other. It will look at how Modeling uncovers the spectrum of middle and high school science topics, exploring the storylines from the various disciplines, discussing the fundamental models of each of these disciplines with expert Modelers from physics, chemistry, biology, and middle school science.

This course has been specially designed for Associate members who have not been able to take a summer workshop, or for those who want to deepen their understanding of Modeling Instruction.

Thursday Nights

Biology Advance Modeling Topics

Leaders: Matthew Kennedy & Chantell Dooley

The course will focus on an evidence-based approach to gain deeper understand of the complex biological system structure and interaction within cells, within organisms and within populations and ecosystems. We will focus on the flow of energy, cell structure and function, growth and reproduction and end with heredity. The goal of this modeling methods course is to provide a meaningful professional development for teachers using student-centered, inquiry-based, constructivist practices, in a Modeling framework. Participants will be asked to play two roles in this workshop, the role of the teacher and the role of student.

Chemistry Advance Modeling Topics

Leaders: Larry Dukerich & Brenda Royce

This course is intended for teachers who wish to investigate a model-based approach to concepts not addressed in the Modeling Chemistry 1 workshop. These include an evidence-based treatment of the internal structure of the atom, periodicity and covalent bonding, intermolecular forces, equilibrium and acids & bases. This should appeal to teachers of an honors or AP course whose students can move through the basic concepts more rapidly.

These courses offer great opportunity for modelers to continue engaging in professional development aligned with Modeling pedagogy that can impact classroom teaching effectiveness during the school-year and with limited challenges associated with typical workshop travel/lodging. Please check out the AMTA public website to learn more about these opportunities or go to the member’s site to sign up. Please encourage others to participate in these courses, as they can help reach a greater Modeling audience.

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