$1,749.00 with housing
$1,050.00 without housing
*All workshops are two weeks in length and participants are required to attend in person daily for full sessions. Professional development credit is available – equal to four credit hours and is built into tuition pricing. Residential housing option is available as well for the two weeks.
An introduction to Biology Modeling Instruction pedagogy and implementation. Participants work through modeling cycles to build coherence in biology big ideas and develop a storyline. Participants are supported in the Modeling Instruction through teacher notes and curriculum that supports the implementation of model building, The course will focus on the traditional topics of a yearlong general biology course (classification, cell structure/function, growth and reproduction, ecology, evolution, energy flow: micro to macro, heredity). The Modeling Method has been shown to be a highly effective extension of the traditional three-step learning cycle (observe, generalize, apply). The modeling cycle addresses deficiencies of the learning cycle by assisting students to construct understanding from observations, confronting student preconceptions, examining student thought processes through “whiteboarding” and Socratic dialoguing. Participants will receive printed and electronically stored versions of the Biology Modeling Handbook and ancillary materials.
This course in chemistry is for high school teachers. The workshop is designed to promote an understanding of models and modeling pedagogy which will enable students to learn concepts in chemistry from the perspective of systematically developed particle models of matter. Instructional strategies include a coherent approach to the role of energy in physical and chemical change.
This course in physics is for high school teachers. Middle school teachers who want a better understanding of the physical science content they must teach may also find the course helpful. The course focuses on pedagogical and content knowledge and the skills needed to effectively teach high school mechanics. The Modeling Method of Instruction workshop gives teachers practical experience organizing their classroom and content around scientific models and practices the techniques of facilitating effective inquiry and discussion in the science classroom. Course content includes Newton’s laws, cross-curricular modeling of energy storage and transfer with emphasis on mechanical energy storage and transfer, momentum, and basic models in kinematics and dynamics (free particle, constantly accelerating particle).