Are you tired of students just trying to get a grade and not learning science?
Using Modeling Instruction, we will develop the pedagogical framework to
In our Distance Learning course, we will delve into the Modeling Cycle, its basis in cognitive science, and the practical ways that teachers use Modeling Instruction in the science classroom. This course will sample Life Sciences and Physical Sciences in order to explore the Modeling pedagogy through multiple content lenses. By utilizing both student mode and teacher mode, participants will use readings, virtual whiteboarding, discussions, and reflections to engage in Modeling practices that will lead to improved student learning.
The Distance Learning course can be taken for graduate-level credits (for an additional fee) or you may earn a professional development certificate.
The instructors for this course are Jeremy Secaur (OH) and Emma MItchell (CT)
Full payment must be received by December 30, 2023.
Day: Sundays from 4-7 pm (ET)
Duration: 10 weeks, January 7 - March 10, 2024
Costs: $600 (includes a 1-year AMTA membership)
Optional graduate-level credits: 2 credits from University of Pacific are available for $79/hr ($158 total).
Meet our Instructors
Jeremy Secaur has taught physics for 25 years at a large public high school near Cleveland, OH. He holds a BS in Astronomy and a MA in Teaching. Jeremy has been an active member of AMTA since 2015 and has led Modeling workshops in Mechanics, CASTLE, Physics First, and Intro to Modeling. He loves helping students and teachers become more comfortable learning and teaching science. Jeremy is a 2019 Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching awardee and a founding member on the executive board of STEMteachersCLE.
Emma Mitchell teaches introductory and advanced-level physics and is the Science Department Chair at The Ethel Walker School, an independent school for girls in Simsbury, Connecticut. She holds a BA in Physics and a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics. Emma participated in her first workshop in Modeling Instruction in 2020 and has been involved in the AMTA ever since. She is excited about the transformative change that Modeling has brought to her classroom and loves any opportunity to discuss pedagogy with other science teachers.