06/21/2021 08:00 am - 07/02/2021

2021 Physics First Modeling Workshop Neenah, WI

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Physics Modeling Workshop with emphasis on Physics First at Neenah High School, Neenah WI, leader Dr. Tim Burgess

A Physics Modeling Workshop is organized at Neenah HS with an emphasis on Physics First, June 21 - July 2, 2021.

Dr. Tim Burgess will take participants through several “modeling cycles” in hands-on/minds-on experiences that involve scientific reasoning, linear kinematics  and dynamics. Working closely with colleagues, participants will practice assisting students in designing and implementing experiments, reasoning from the gathered data and then developing, modifying, validating and deploying scientific models.  

Modeling InstructionTM helps teachers attain knowledge, skills and experience needed to benefit students and is the only high school science program recognized as Exemplary by the U.S. Department of Education. Modeling InstructionTM 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 passively accept an endless stream of seemingly unrelated topics, Modeling InstructionTM applies structured inquiry techniques around a small number of scientific models, thus making the course coherent.  Students learn science as scientists do – by doing science. When modeling, students:

  •  are encouraged to think scientifically by experimenting, collecting and analyzing data, communicating findings & drawing conclusions
  • use the basic skills and practices of mathematical modeling, proportional reasoning, quantitative estimation and technology-enabled data collection 
  • use, test and validate student-created mental model
  • evaluate and discard incorrect naive concepts
  • demonstrate improved reasoning as measured on numerous standardized assessments.

Meet the leader:
Dr. Burgess has been modeling since 1997 and has led numerous Modeling Physics Workshops for more than 16 years in Arizona, Tennessee, Mississippi, California and Alabama. He is a lifetime member of the American Modeling Teachers Association. Tim has won numerous awards in science teaching, was a Physics Specialist for the Alabama Science in Motion program, has read Physics Exams for the College Board and has authored articles in the “The Physics Teacher.”  Tim has worked in urban public high schools, independent private and Catholic high schools for four decades. In his last position as a department chair he oversaw a highly successful transition to “Physics First” as the new science sequence at his present school (and the positive impact that it had!).

Dates: June 21 - July 2, 2021
Location:Neenah HS 1275 Tullar Rd, Neenah, WI 54956, United States:
Leader: Dr. Tim Burgess
Costs: $500 (discount for district teachers)
Local coordinator: Scott Hertting shertting@neenah.k12.wi.us

Graduate level credits available from the University of Pacific, ($80 per credit, 4 credits) - register and pay on Day 1 of the workshop.

Payment can be made at time of registration or select to pay later if requiring a PO. Please contact wendy@modelinginstruction.org 


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