Fall 2017 Modeling Physical Science at ASU

Arizona State University|Fall 2017

The ASU course  PHS 534 / PHY 494: “Methods of Physical Science Teaching” will be offered in fall semester  2017 on TUESDAYS AFTER SCHOOL (4:30 to 7:15pm) at the ASU-Tempe campus.
  • PHY 494 is for undergraduates.
  • PHS 534 is for in-service teachers and graduate students.

DatesAug. 22 to Dec. 5 (no class on Oct. 10: fall break at ASU)
Location: Physical Sciences Center, H-wing, room 355 (PS-H355)
Instructor: Kelli Gamez Warble,  a long-time high school physics and math teacher.

Contact Jane Jackson at the email address jane.jackson@asu.edu for more information or to start the registration process.

Pre-service and in-service teachers of physics, chemistry, earth/space science, and biology are urged to take this course. It will enhance their job prospects, because schools often need a physical science teacher for one or two sections.PHS 534 is accepted by the Arizona Department of Education as a CONTENT course. Thus it can be used toward the 24 hours required for certification in secondary physical science.

PHS534/PHY494 focuses on matter and energy; inquiry process and nature of science.
No textbook.  Course materials cost $25.

  • I’m a better teacher after modeling, I like my job more, I feel the kids walk away with real transferable skills.
  • It moves students in the direction of being independent learners, and it puts the responsibility for learning where it belongs – on the students.
  • The Modeling program is the only one I have found that is truly grounded in how students learn and attacks head-on the misconceptions students have.
  • It is the finest example of constructivist teaching in the U.S.  It has changed my life and the way I teach.
  • A Presidential science awardee wrote: “In thirty years of teaching, nothing has impacted my teaching, since my first days of learning how to teach science in undergraduate school, like the ideas I’ve learned in modeling.  It is the best idea to enter the teaching methods I have ever seen.”

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