Middle School Modeling Advanced Topics Course

  • Host: AMTA
  • Location: Distance Learning through Go-to-Meeting platform
  • Course meets: Tuesday evening from 7-10 pm Eastern time zone.
  • Dates: August 22- December 12
  • Leader: George Nelson & Scott Stokes
  • Contact: wendy@modelinginstruction.org

Middle School Modeling advanced topics is a 15-week distance learning course for teachers who have already taken any Modeling workshop, thus bringing together a group of participants who are familiar with the pedagogy and know how to implement it in a classroom. The workshop address how to  support teachers continuing to implement modeling in their own classrooms. Main topics will include incorporating student-to-student discourse, assessing students’ conceptual learning, and engaging lessons that build models through storylines. The workshop will show how Modeling is aligned with NGSS and 3-Dimensional Learning. Participants will also be given the opportunity to incorporate claim, evidence, reasoning into their science curriculum. Finally, the workshop will focus on giving participants understanding of the middle school modeling resources and “modelize” their own activities.

George Nelson began his teaching career back in 2009 where he taught 8th Grade Science for four years in Arizona, before relocating back to his hometown in Crystal Lake, IL. He still continues teaching 8th Grade Science to this day. George became acquainted with Modeling Instruction from the 3rd MNS program at Arizona State University under the leadership of Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz. He also attended the Chemistry I and Mechanics Workshops in the summer of 2014. Since first being exposed to Modeling Instruction, it has had a profound impact on his classroom.  As quoted “Seeing students doing and talking science every day in my classroom as a community makes my career gratifying and rewarding”.

Scott Stokes started teaching in North Carolina High School Chemistry and Earth Science in 1991. In 1993 he moved back to Michigan to teach at his alma mater and currently teaches 8th grade Environmental Science and Advanced Physical Science. Scott was introduced to Modeling Instruction during the summer of 2013 with Physics Mechanics through the leadership of Don Pata, Laura Ritter and Bryan Battaglia. He continued his professional development by taking one of the first Middle School Modeling Workshops in Michigan. Scott also facilitates Next Generation Science Exemplar workshops.  He believes that Modeling Instruction embodies the NGSS and 3-dimensional learning.

  • The Fall Distance Learning course will be conducted via GoToTraining.
  • Current AMTA members receive a discount on the course fee of $910 and instead pay only $850. Course requires minimum number of registrants by August 8th date in order to run. Enrollment is limited to 24 participants.
  • Full payment is due by August 8th to secure your seat.

For additional information and to signup go to: https://www.eweblife.com/prm/AMTA/my-rsvp/apply?record=983

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