From: Jane Jackson <jane.jackson@...> Date: April 5, 2013, 10:08:36 AM MST To: <TCHRS@...> Subject:[tchrs] Modeling Workshop at ASU is best prep for AEPA test. June 10-28, July 1-19, June 17-28 Reply-To: Jane Jackson <jane.jackson@...>
Arizona physics and chemistry teachers:
Overwhelmingly, Arizona teachers say that the BEST preparation for the AEPA physics test is Modeling Workshops. Read their comments below.
Whether or not you need to pass the AEPA test, a Modeling Workshop is valuable.
We asked SRP and the Boeing Company for funds for partial tuition scholarships for our summer modeling workshops. We await their approval. * Thus, apply to take a Modeling Workshop at reduced tuition! * If you don't need graduate credit, apply to 'sit in' for 90 contact hours of re-certification credit. For both: download the application form at
Modeling Workshops are useful for ALL teachers: new or experienced, strong or weak content background.
Bottom line: students learn to think, to be autonomous life-long learners. 21st century skills are infused into rigorous science content. All 8 scientific practices of the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education are included.
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------------------------------- AEPA test evidence: I asked Arizona physics teachers: "What ASU courses (if you took any) helped you MOST, to pass the ADE physics content certification test?"
TEACHER REPLIES: I. Teachers whose degree is in physics or physics ed: * First Semester of Modeling Mechanics :-) * Mechanics modeling. * My upper division (300-400 level) Mechanics classes and Quantum Mechanics classes helped me the most in passing the ADE, and of course, my mechanics modeling course with Rich McNamara helped me considerably! * Probably the mechanics classes, both Modeling PHY 480 and PHY 310. * the first modeling workshop was my methods class. * I'd have to say the modeling I course. * the first semester modeling class.
II. Cross-over (out-of-field) teachers: * By far the Mechanics modeling course was THE best preparational course. If I had taken the E& M course prior to the test that would have been the best too... The intro modeling courses are perfect preparation. * Modeling class. * the modeling courses were a tremendous help. Waves, Light and Mechanics helped the most. ------------------------------
PHS 530, the modeling workshop in mechanics, is a Methods of Physics Teaching course that thoroughly addresses most aspects of high school physics teaching, including the integration of teaching methods with course content as it should be done in the
high school classroom. The workshop incorporates up-to-date results of physics education research, best high school curriculum materials, use of technology, and experience in collaborative learning and guidance.
Participants will be introduced to the Modeling Method as a systematic approach to the design of curriculum and instruction. Content of the entire first semester course in high school physics (mechanics) is reorganized around five basic models to increase
its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials and work through all the activities alternately in the roles of student or teacher.
Teachers improve their physics content knowledge and are equipped with a robust teaching methodology for developing student abilities to: * make sense of physical experience, * understand scientific claims, * articulate coherent opinions of their own and defend them with cogent arguments, * evaluate evidence in support of justified belief. --------------------------------
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