Our experience with the high-school modeling workshops taught
us that the techniques of modeling instruction cannot be
learned from written materials, but must be experienced in a
Workshop participants are actively engaged in collaborative
learning in a technology-rich, studio format.
They learn to organize the content in a university physics
course around a small set of models ("remodeling"), with
fundamental principals as a blueprint. Special emphasis is
placed on energy storage and transfer as a unifying thread throughout
the entire curriculum.
They practice effective new techniques for discourse management
in the classroom, moving away from a Socratic "student-teacher"
approach to a "student-student" approach in which meaning
and knowledge are constructed collaboratively.
Participants experience the curriculum and classroom style
from both a teacher's point of view and a student's point
Short workshops may be held, depending on funding. Contact Dwain Desbien.