Dates: June 15 – July 3, 2020
Meeting times: TBD via Zoom
Leaders: Gloria Gajewicz and Clarissa Furlong
*Optional – up to 3 graduate-level credits available for $79/hour from University of the Pacific
*Membership – new teachers to Modeling can join AMTA for $25 and current members can renew for $50 (regular membership is $75)
Refund and Cancellation Policy
A participant who must withdraw from a course is eligible for a refund (based on the start date of the course):
· 100% refund if the request is made 14 days before the first meeting
· 50% refund if the request is 7-13 days before the first meeting
· No refund if less than 7 days before the first meeting
If AMTA cancels a course due to low enrollment, all participants will receive a full refund.
Course Description: This course will focus on the role of models and modeling in learning as it relates to teaching Biology in both formal and informal contexts. Fundamental theories of thinking and learning will be reviewed, and the latest theoretical trends will be examined. A firm understanding of characteristics of life, classification, populations, and evolution will be our vehicle to experiencing the Modeling methodology. We will examine and define conceptual models, modeling, and Modeling Instruction, as well as experience what it is like from the perspective of both the teacher and student. We will also discuss and evaluate how Modeling courses are aligned with NGSS and help create a coherent story for biology in high school science.