Professional Development for Educators

Modeling in Physics Workshops

Modeling in Physics Workshops

Merrimack College recognizes the importance of providing high school teachers the opportunity to hone their skills in an immersive learning environment.

Designed to introduce the Modeling Instruction method in the context of high school physics, our intensive two-week workshops will equip you on how to deepen your computational and symbolic understanding of physics.

You’ll have the opportunity to work collaboratively in the method by practicing inquiry-based instructional skills. You will gain the strategies needed to increase student engagement back at your home institutions.

Current Courses Offered - Summer 2019

Session I: GIT580C Modeling Instruction in High School Physics - Mechanics

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.

Course No.

Format

Date

Days

Time

Instructor

GIT580C

On-Campus

15-July - 25-July

Mon-Thurs

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Darren Broder

Session II: GIT581C Modeling Instruction in High School Physics – Electricity and Magnetism

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 Electricity and Magnetism.  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: Charge Behavior and Interaction, Potential, Circuits, Magnetism, and Electromagnetic Induction.

Course No.

Format

Date

Days

Time

Instructor

GIT581C

On-Campus

29-July - 8-Aug

Mon-Thurs

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Darren Broder

Tuition

$1,495 per session - includes all academic materials, continental breakfast and lunch each day. 

Instructor

Darren Broder has been a Physics teacher at Taconic High School in Pittsfield, MA for the past 24 years. In addition, Darren has taught physics as an adjunct professor at Siena College for the past 17 years. He is considered an expert in the Modeling Method for Physics Instruction and has been leading workshops on mechanics, E&M and mechanical waves for the past 20 years. He was trained in the Modeling method at the University of Central Florida. Most recently he has taught Modeling for Physics at Merrimack College.

Darren earned his BS in Physics from SUNY Albany, his MS in Physics from Arizona State University, and a teaching certification from Union College. 

On-Campus Housing Available

Merrimack College offers on-campus housing for attendees.

Cost

$370/week per person. 

*This cost is based on 2018 summer housing rates and is subject to change prior to workshops starting. 

Housing Details

  • We have reserved four three-bedroom apartments on campus.
  • While there may be more than one person in each apartment, each attendee has their own bedroom area.
  • The apartments are furnished and include air conditioning, cable TV and Wifi.
  • We do not provide linens, kitchen/bath supplies or cleaning services.
  • On-campus housing will be available up until two weeks prior to the workshop start date. 
  • Campus housing begins on Monday so a Sunday night check-in is not available. Area hotels can be utilized for Sunday arrivals.