Promoting Modeling Workshops

Hello all,

I want to share and ask for your support promoting this year’s suite of Modeling workshops for secondary science teachers. (See ATTACHMENT). While we are excited about our workshops and our recent innovations. Again, Modeling in Michigan is grateful for the support of the MiSTEM Advisory Council grant.

It happens that our new funding fell a bit short of our hopes this year, so the selection is not quite as comprehensive as we normally aim for. Nonetheless – please note these exciting offerings and pass on the news to the appropriate teachers.

This, of course, includes newer teachers and even student teachers who can benefit from this kind of induction. We have been able to include such teachers more so in recent years and we notice that they are thriving in their young careers, and seem less likely to abandon teaching as compared with other less supported teachers. There are more ‘alternative certification’ offerings now and a Modeling workshop can serve as their ‘methods course.’ We can be particularly impactful if we can recruit a student teacher-cooperating teacher pairs to one of our workshops. Please consider such colleagues when promoting our Modeling workshops.

Here are some summaries that you may find helpful when trying to convey the nature of these events.

Modeling in MiSTAR – 6th/7th grade (Muskegon Area ISD, July 11 – July 29)

Modeling with MiSTAR – 8th grade (Novi HS, June 20 – July 8 not on July 4)

This endeavor weds the excellent, well aligned and structured, science and engineering middle school units of MiSTAR with the pedagogical approaches of Modeling Instruction. The MiSTAR team worked with our Modeling with MiSTAR facilitators to infuse the Modeling Cycle and class discourse into a number of MiSTAR units. We call them Modelized MiSTAR units. The teachers’ notes will be provided to workshop participants along with what we know to be a powerful and transformative learning experience for teachers. I’ve attached a few of the white boards from a follow up with past participants. Teachers commented on how amazed the were at the sophistication of the middle school students during discussions. Check out the ‘plus/delta’ tables presented on the boards!

Modeling Mobility / Modeling Waves (Troy High School, July 13 – 22) (see a separate attached flyer for this too)

This is our third implementation of Modeling Mobility but since last summer we finished a thoroughly redesigned Unit on HS Waves which will be the focus of the first 5 days. This unit is part of the 10-unit Modeling in HS Physical Science course framework but can be used by any physics or physical science teacher. NGSS has us focus on ideas around wave theory that have been a challenge: digital vs. analog communication and in keeping with the whole physical science course, energy storage and transfer. The unit will be great at undergirding studies of emerging technologies such as automated and connected vehicles. We aim to weave computer coding and the technology of automated vehicles into the Waves unit and progress to a 3-day focus on Mobility technology and the industry. This component will be led by our friends at Square One Educational Network and one of our Modeling facilitators. Participants will acquire over $500 of classroom equipment such as robotic cars, Arduino boards and electronic sensors. We also will engage with industry professionals to enrich our ability to make students aware of the immense opportunities in this burgeoning field.

Modeling in HS Physics (w/ and invitation to Algebra 1 teachers – especially in partnership with their physics teacher colleague) (Houghton/Hancock, Michigan), June 20 – July 8 (not on July 4))

Physics is the foundation of all the sciences and our Modeling workshops. Without exception this workshop leaves teachers committed to a practice that does not rely on merely presenting equations to students. The investigations, model building and deployment provide students what they need to derive our fundamental kinematic equations out the phenomenon, investigations and data they engaged with using their own hands and minds. Last summer we had a high school algebra teacher included and he was quite inspired to witness how beginning with a phenomenon, an investigation and representing our models in a variety of ways anchors mathematical fluency to the real world. He also offered our science teacher participants a lot with his fluency of mathematical standards and instructional practices. This will be great for physics, physical science and algebra teachers.

Modeling for Higher Education Secondary Methods Instructors (August 8 – 10, Virtual)

This is a 3-day workshop that offers higher ed secondary methods instructors a module they can use with their students. It attends to some new MDE mandates on science standards for their courses and four of the core competencies they are responsible to develop within students. The Module also introduces students to the nature of Modeling Instruction. This was developed by our University of Michigan partner Beth Kubitskey and Michelle Tindall who facilitated. Michelle is a past chemistry modeler who now teaches methods courses at Oakland University.

The attached flyers have more information (e.g., stipends, scech’s, grad credits, application process) and can be used to help promote these events. Here is our application page:

Thanks for helping with this!

Mike Gallagher and the Modeling in Michigan team

Oakland MiSTEM Region Director


Modeling Mobility Flyer 2022.pdf

Modeling Module for Methods-Flyer.pdf

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