Modeling is how I became interested in physics as a high school student in the early 1990s. More students should have this powerful science experience!
Modeling encourages cooperation and discourse about complicated ideas in a non-threatening, supportive environment.
I was late about 10 minutes due to a meeting in the office ...students had picked up right where we left off the day before. One student was acting as moderator. Teams had whiteboards. They had created their own review problem and posted it on the front board.
Modeling has led me to the scientific practice of science education. It helps me focus on what helps my students learn.
Modeling Instruction motivated me to step back and let students learn through inquiry and my career got a boost!
I believe the methods and philosophy of Modeling Instruction have changed physics teaching and have made physics more accessible for all students.
Modeling Instruction has changed the way I teach Chemistry. [It] is a very student-centered approach to teaching and I firmly believe that it is the best way to teach.
Join Award-Winning Teachers
Many modeling teachers have been recognized nationally. Users of Modeling Instruction have received the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Shell Science Teaching Award, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST), and become Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows. The current K-12 Program Officer for the American Association of Physics Teachers (Rebecca Vieyra) is a Modeling alum, as are 5 of 17 members of the AAPT Master Teacher Leader Taskforce.
Modelers who have been Presidential Awardees:
Presidental Awardees List (name and state)
Modelers who have been Einstein Fellows:
Buffy Cushman-Patz [Watch her TEDX talk at www.seeqs.org]
Modelers who have been awarded the NSTA Shell Science Teaching Award:
Carmela R. Minaya Jones
A few stories of individual award winners who practice Modeling Instruction are listed below.