The primary mission of AMTA is to provide quality professional development for teachers of STEM courses. Most PD occurs in summer workshops of 2-3 weeks duration that thoroughly treat the pedagogy and content for a middle school, high school, or introductory college STEM course.

This summer AMTA is offering a variety of in-person and virtual workshops in cities across the country.

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What is Modeling Instruction?

Modeling Instruction is a guided-inquiry approach to teaching science that organizes instruction around a coherent storyline of model development. This method provides content instruction while students are immersed in the process of doing science. Research has shown students in Modeling Instruction classrooms perform significantly better on measures of conceptual knowledge when compared to similar students in traditional classrooms.

What our members have to say

  • Modeling encourages cooperation and discourse about complicated ideas in a non-threatening, supportive environment.

    Kelli W. Arizona Physics & Math Instructor
  • Modeling has led me to the scientific practice of science education. It helps me focus on what helps my students learn.

    Jim D. Kansas STEM teacher
  • Modeling Instruction has changed the way I teach Chemistry. [It] is a very student-centered approach to teaching and I firmly believe that it is the best way to teach. 

    Gerri S. Tennessee Chemistry Instructor
  • I was late about 10 minutes due to a meeting in the office ...students had picked up right where we left off the day before.  One student was acting as moderator.  Teams had whiteboards.  They had created their own review problem and posted it on the front board.

    LISTSERV post Chemistry Modeling
  • I believe the methods and philosophy of Modeling Instruction have changed physics teaching and have made physics more accessible for all students.

    Karie M. Arizona Physics Instructor
  • Modeling is how I became interested in physics as a high school student in the early 1990s.  More students should have this powerful science experience!

    Melissa G. Arizona Physics Instructor
  • Modeling Instruction motivated me to step back and let students learn through inquiry and my career got a boost!

    Anonymous AMTA Donor STEM teacher


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