Faculty Learning Community: Agenda and Notes (March 18, 2010)
TOPIC: Coherently Implementing Model-based Inquiry
Learning Across High School Chemistry and Physics Classes
Jane Jackson, Larry Dukerich, David Hestenes, "Modeling Instruction: An Effective Model for Science Education." Science Education 17, 1 (Spring 2008): 10-17.
Snacks will be served in Campus Center 200 from 2:30-4pm.
Please invite other interested people to join these conversations. Those of you who hope to join via conference call should contact Howard Glasser before Thursday to work out arrangements.
Doug Valette from Unionville High School, in Kennett Square, PA will facilitate a conversation on modeling in physics and chemistry. He writes, "Unionville Chadds Ford School District was recently recognized for our excellence in science PSSA scores. While this is an impressive recognition, I believe that there is much that this result does not tell us. For some time, we have been investigating ways to improve our students' science inquiry skills, especially in the non-honors (but college prep) courses. I will discuss recent steps that have been taken to address this goal while meeting the requests of school board and community. The primary professional development tool that we have used recently was in sending several teachers to modeling institutes, for training in inquiry-based instruction in chemistry and physics. The attached document gives an overview of modeling, and I will provide some details at the PLC of what we are doing in science at our own district."