Presentation on theme: "Center for Excellence in Education Teacher Enrichment Program Teacher Roundtable Kathy Malone Einstein Fellow at National Science Foundation Pittsburgh,"— Presentation transcript:
Center for Excellence in Education Teacher Enrichment Program Teacher Roundtable Kathy Malone Einstein Fellow at National Science Foundation Pittsburgh, PA
Background B.A. Biology/B.S. Secondary Education and M. A. Science Teaching – University of New Orleans M.A. Instructional Science and PhD Cognition and Instruction – Carnegie Mellon University Teaching – McMain Magnet School; New Orleans, LA – Physics and Physical Science – Edison Local HS, Edison, Oh – Life Science and Physics – Shady Side Academy; Pittsburgh, PA – Physics (9 th and 11 th /12 th ), Biology (11 th ) and Physics II
Awards and Honors Vice-President of the American Modeling Teachers Association Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching Carnegie Science Center Teaching Award Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh – Keivin Burns Excellence in Teaching Award Toyota Tapestry Award administered by NSTA
Einstein Fellowship The Ultimate PD for teachers! National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Education Directorate with the Discovery Research K12 grant division My work at NSF: – Help to craft solicitation announcement – Work with panels that select awards – Participate in discussions about which grants should be funded (impact the future) – Learn first hand about new educational research – Help to write reports, etc.
Opportunities in the DC area Attend Briefings on the Hill Attend education focused panels – Microsoft’s Conversations on Education: Teachers as Leaders Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Judge Served on the Einstein Fellow and AAPT committees to draft response to the NGSS Teacher Educator training in Engineering in Elementary in Boston/workshop in VA
Einstein Fellowship PD Kennedy Space Center and Goddard Teacher Days – Moon Rock Certification NSF Brown Bag talks by current PIs Visits to National Geographic, Discovery Education, Spy Museum, National Academy of Sciences, Wilson Center and CIA. Built an electric guitar Help develop a Model based Natural Selection Unit with a DRK12 project grant
Einstein Conference PD International Conferences: – NARST in Puerto Rico – ISMTEC in Bangkok – ESERA in Cyprus National Conferences: – NSTA in San Antonio – AAPT in New Orleans
My Most Instrumental National PD participated in a Modeling Instruction in Physics workshop at Arizona State University sponsored by NSF Changed how I thought about teaching and learning Ultimately, led me to obtain a PhD as I had to find out what was changing about my students that allowed them to perform so much better
What is Modeling Instruction? constructivist vs transmissionist cooperative inquiry vs lecture/demonstration student-centered vs teacher-centered active engagement vs passive reception Depth vs breadth student activity vs teacher demonstration student articulation vs teacher presentation lab-based vs textbook-based
Modeling Instruction Pedagogy - Models as basic units of knowledge A few basic models are used again and again with only minor modifications. Physics – constant velocity model, constant acceleration model, force models, energy model Chemistry – particle model Biology – evolution, cell structure, genetics, etc. Students identify or create a model and make inferences from the model to produce possible solutions.
What Do We Mean by Model? Physical System Algebraic Pictorial Verbal Graphical x=vt As time increases, position increases proportionally. x t Mental Model (Constant Velocity) (Battery powered car moving on floor.) Multiple Representations - relationships between representations made explicit
Modeling Instruction Pedagogy - Modeling Cycle as the Scientific process Pre-lab Paradigm lab Post-lab Justification of conclusions – Why they think that? And How do they know that Deployment
Pre-lab and Variables
Paradigm Lab Develop the initial model representations
Whiteboard Meetings Comparing results to arrive at consensus model
Model Development and Class Consensus Post-lab analysis – whiteboard presentations of groups justification of conclusions – How do you know? And Why do you think that? Combine presentations - initial model developed using multiple representations Connections between representations specified Deployments – change and refine model
Benefits of Modeling Instruction In all subjects find: – Higher conceptual gains over non-modeling groups – Higher scientific reasoning scores – Greater percentage of students reaching national science benchmarks on ACT – Greater use of metacognitive skills – Enhanced problem solving ability
Modeling Workshops Offered across the country every summer To find a workshop near you:
Professional Development Opportunities – Classroom Grants Toyota Tapestry – administered by NSTA Optics Society Youth Science grants AIP’s Meggars Project Award GTE GIFT Grants AAPT’s High School Grants Foundations – in your local area Lowe’s, Target, etc.