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
AMTA is planning to publish two books of, by and for Modelers – Modelers’ Tales, and A Practical Guide to Modeling Instruction and is seeking contributions from members. Click here for details.
A partial list of Modeling Workshops nationwide is now available at the Workshops 2013 link under the Teachers tab. You need not be a member to access this information. This list will be updated as information about workshops reaches us.
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