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Introduction to Modeling and the SEPs through Energy and Environmental Literacy

This short course, 2 days in person and 2 virtual follow up sessions, will focus on the role of models and modeling in learning as it relates to teaching STEM content in both formal and informal contexts. 

What are conceptual models? What is modeling? What is Modeling Instruction—what is it like for teachers? For students? How does it work? Why does it work?  How does it map onto NGSS? What other Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) can be used?

We will look  briefly at the cognitive underpinnings of Modeling Theory—discuss some of the seminal theories upon which it is based, engage in Modeling discourse and practice discourse management, We will take a close look at how Modeling uncovers the energy concept in middle and high school science courses (physics, chemistry, biology, middle school science), explore the sequence of models  (storyline) for each discipline, and identify the fundamental conceptual models that form the content core of each of the disciplines. This is not a Modeling Workshop, but by the end of the course you will have a grounding in model-based cognition and instruction, and a working knowledge of how Modeling Instruction unfolds in the middle and high school science classrooms.

Lunch on your own

Location: Montour Preserve, 374 Preserve Rd. Danville PA 17821

Target Audience
Teachers and Administrator teams
Learner Outcomes


1.      To introduce participants to the theories in which Modeling Instruction is grounded and how it is situated within the NGSS.

2.      To familiarize participants with the design of the learning environment and the classroom practices of Modeling Instruction, particularly Modeling discourse management, how it is used and what the expected outcomes are.

3.      To give participants opportunities (contextualized in physics, chemistry and biology) to experience Modeling strategies and to learn as students learn in a Modeling classroom.


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06/18/2024 8:30 AM-3:00 PM2Montour Preserve, 374 Preserve Rd. Danville PA 178 Summer Session 9999

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