AMTA is pleased to announce that we are making available “Physics First” units developed by Modelers around the country.
Many high schools have seen the value of an introductory physics course, usually changing the traditional Biology-Chemistry-Physics sequence with Physics-Chemistry-Biology. Teachers at Shady Side Academy (Pittsburgh, PA) and in St. Louis, MO have modified Modeling physics units to address the needs of ninth graders (since the Modeling materials were generally developed for the traditional junior/senior level course).
These files can be downloaded from our new Physics First page.
Ryan Woodside has been blogging his attendance at the Biology Modeling workshop at Rowan University. We encourage you to read it here: woodsidebiology.wordpress.com
The summer edition of The Whiteboard, AMTA’s quarterly newsletter, is now available.
I need to share a modeling success story. Rich McNamara and Kelli Gamez Warble told us in their modeling course of a highly skilled and respected modeler who tells his students that his job is make himself “obsolete” by the end of the year. I have adopted the same philosophical goal with my teaching as well. It’s a lofty and worthy goal that will make me stretch, but is it attainable for others? Continue reading