Modeling Workshop in Mechanics (for HS Teachers)

June 11 – 28, 2012  |  Carl Wunsche Sr High School

Carl Wunsche Sr High School will host a Modeling Workshop from June 11 – 28, 2012 in physics lab 2618 of the Medical Tower. All high school math and science teachers can benefit from this training and are welcome to apply.

Workshop leader: Nicholas Park
Co-leader: Maikel García

About the Workshop

Modeling Workshops provide a structured inquiry approach to high school science teaching that incorporates computer technology and insights from physics education research. Emphasis is placed on the use of basic models and modeling in mechanics.

Participants develop skills in fostering scientific discourse among students and in the assessment of student learning.

This 3-week workshop will run Monday thru Thursday from 8:00-4:30 for 12 days, and will be divided into three 1-week segments. Teachers may register for each segment independently, but they must be taken in sequence.

Week 1: Introduction to Modeling and Kinematics

Week 2: Dynamics and Projectile Motion

Week 3: Energy, Momentum and Circular Motion

In addition, participants will be provided with detailed materials to help them apply the modeling method in other areas of the first-year physics curriculum, including electricity, mechanical waves and light, as well as physical science and chemistry.

Each participant will design and carry out a series of investigations that use the Modeling Method. They will practice Socratic questioning techniques that will enable them to teach physics using the Modeling Method. Each participant will also keep a daily journal book of problems solved, labs done, personal notes and reactions to activities and readings, and expected student difficulties with ways to address them.

This workshop counts toward the TAGT Awareness Certificate in the areas of Creativity and Instructional Strategies, Differentiated Curriculum, and Physics and STEM-Related Disciplines.  Total number of TAGT hours awarded will depend on the number of weeks of participation in the workshop.

More information about Modeling Instruction can be found at

Objectives of the Modeling Workshop

  • To train teachers in the use of a model-centered, constructivist method of teaching while at the same time improve their content knowledge in mechanics.
  • To integrate computer courseware effectively into the science curriculum. 
  • To establish electronic network support and a learning community among participants. 
  • To help participants to make better use of national resources for science education. 
  • To strengthen local institutional support for participants as school leaders in disseminating standards-based reform in science education. 

For a registration form containing all of this information, plus fees and payment instructions, click here

SpringISD Teachers can register directly online here