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Modeling in Physics Workshops

Modeling was initiated by Arizona State University and funded by the National Science Foundation over 20 years ago, having since been designated as exemplary by the Department of Education. Modeling instruction is an innovative, effective pedagogy with an emphasis on science reasoning skills. Modeling instruction organizes the course around a small number of scientific models and 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, all of which support 21st century learning skills.

Workshop Dates and Times

  • Mechanical Waves: July 16- July 26, 2018 (no Friday classes)
  • Mechanics: July 30- August 9, 2018 (no Friday classes)
  • *Both workshops will run 8:00am-5:00pm
  • *Each workshop is limited to 20 participants on a first come, first serve basis.

Register for workshops here

 

Mechanical Waves workshop description:

An intensive two-week course designed to introduce teachers to Modeling Instruction, a model-centered, guided inquiry method of pedagogy, within the specific context of teaching high school physics. The course will focus on models for Mechanical Waves.  Participants will actively engage in the roles of both student and instructor as they practice the questioning and inquiry-based instructional skills essential to Modeling Instruction.  Particular attention will be given to various methods of enhancing student engagement through white-boarding discussions. Participants will work collaboratively as they learn to teach physics through models.  Instruction will also emphasize content knowledge within the specific structure and sequence of models that allow students to describe, explain, predict, design, and control observable phenomena to create a historical progression of physical concepts. These models may take numerous forms, including physical objects, pictures or drawings, written descriptions, mathematical expressions, graphs or diagrams, or computer models. Modeling Instruction helps students develop the conceptual knowledge that enriches the computational and symbolic understanding of physics. The content focuses on the core units of introductory high school physics: Oscillating Particle, Mechanical Waves in One Dimension, Longitudinal Waves and Sound, Mechanical Waves in Two Dimensions.

Mechanics workshop description:

An intensive two-week course designed to introduce teachers to Modeling Instruction, a model-centered, guided inquiry method of pedagogy, within the specific context of teaching high school physics. The course will focus on models for Mechanics.  Participants will actively engage in the roles of both student and instructor as they practice the questioning and inquiry-based instructional skills essential to Modeling Instruction.  Particular attention will be given to various methods of enhancing student engagement through white-boarding discussions. Participants will work collaboratively as they learn to teach physics through models.  Instruction will also emphasize content knowledge within the specific structure and sequence of models that allow students to describe, explain, predict, design, and control observable phenomena to create a historical progression of physical concepts. These models may take numerous forms, including physical objects, pictures or drawings, written descriptions, mathematical expressions, graphs or diagrams, or computer models. Modeling Instruction helps students develop the conceptual knowledge that enriches the computational and symbolic understanding of physics. The content focuses on the core units of introductory high school physics: Scientific Thinking in Experimental Settings, Constant Velocity, Constant Acceleration, Free Particle, Constant Force, 2-D Particle, Energy, Central Force, Impulsive Force.

What you can expect in the Teacher Training Modeling Workshops

  • Two week, 8 day summer workshops to train high school teachers in the use of model-centered, constructivist method
  • Participants rotate through roles of student and instructor as they practice techniques of guided inquiry and cooperative learning
  • Plans and techniques for raising the level of discourse in classroom discussion and student presentations are emphasized
  • Workshop immerses teachers in appropriate physics content
  • Units are designed to promote understanding and improve student retention, as demonstrated by research on modeling methodology
  • Each teacher receives a flash drive containing the entire modeling curriculum and a free, one-year membership to the AMTA (American Modeling Teacher’s Association)

Tuition and Payment Information

TUITION

$1,095.00* (Housing not included)

*Course materials and continental breakfast and lunch included in the cost of the course. Dinner will not be provided.

Credits/ PDPs: Three (3) non-degree Graduate credits from Merrimack College through affiliation with the Division of Graduate Education which can also be converted to 67.5 PDPs. 

PAYMENT BY CHECK MAY BE MAILED TO 

Merrimack College
Bursar’s Office
315 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845

PAYMENT IN PERSON WITH A CHECK OR CASH

Payments by cash will be accepted at the Bursar’s Office, Austin Hall, Room 12, 315 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845.

*Note: Please make checks payable to Merrimack College. After registering for the course, you will have the option of paying via credit card.  Please note a convenience fee.

Workshop Leader

Darren Broder: ​i​nvolved in modeling physics since 1998 as teacher and leader. Contact Darren at dbroder@siena.edu.

Hotel Information

For those that need over-night accommodations, here are some suggestions for local options:

Holiday Inn Express
Phone: (978) 975-4050

Courtyard Marriott
Phone: (978) 794-0700 

La Quinta Inn and Suites Andover
Phone: (915) 888-3329

 *Accommodations are not included in the price of tuition. Students are responsible for booking their own accommodations.

Contact

For more information, please contact Stephanie Sullivan, Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, at sullivans@merrimack.edu or 978-837-3576.