Action Research, Resources, Equipment for the Modeling Classroom

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Reports of Action Research

Doctoral Dissertations and Masters Degree Theses

Energy: Instructional Resources and Presentations

Other Instructional Resources

9th Grade Resources

Advanced Placement Physics, Chemistry, Calculus

Real-World Applications, Engineering

Modeling Cycle

Assessment in Modeling Instruction (see also weblinks for modelers, research & evaluation , and our MNS webpage)

Discourse in the Modeling Classroom

Students' Naive Conceptions


Lab Equipment & Technology for the Modeling Classroom

Lab Equipment to Make, & Low-tech Modeling Instruction

Lab Safety Contracts (as of 2017)

  • physics
  • chemistry
  • all sciences (adaptable; this sample is in IB chemistry at an international school in 2016. Used in all sciences for 12 years.)
  • biology and a biology lab safety quiz (contributed by Michelle Houston of Briarwood Christian School)

    Getting parents, students, and administrators as allies

  • Curriculum Night for parents: 20-minute science department activity view
  • Parents Night: a plan by Larry Dukerich. view or .doc
  • Why we have no textbook in physics: a letter to parents by Joe Morin. view or .pdf
  • Alternatives to a textbook in science, by Larry Dukerich view or .pdf
  • Two published articles, in one issue: *Minimizing resistance to inquiry-oriented science instruction: the importance of climate setting, by Carl Wenning. *Six years of Modeling Workshops: Three cautionary tales, by James Vesenka. .pdf. Both are in Journal of Physics Teacher Education Online, vol. 3, #2. Dec. 2005.

    Classroom Renovations

    Grants for Instructional Technology, Improved Instruction, Modeling Workshops

    How to increase physics enrollment in high school.

    Research summaries by/for modelers (see also the webpage weblinks for modelers)