I’ve arrived at my home away from home for the next 3 weeks, Rowan University. I’ll be commuting daily to Clearview Regional High School, where the training will take place. This Biology cohort is a small group, 7 of us, our believe. I’m very excited about this opportunity and I’d like to thank Boeing for suppling funding to help make this workshop very cost-effective.
My journey into Modeling Instruction has been several years in the making. I was introduced to the pedagogy by Frank Noschese (@fnoschese) through either his blog or his TEDx Talk. I was immediately captivated. I thought the idea of students learning science by doing science just made so much sense. I began to research the pedagogy and a quick “ask Google” search brought up several websites: the Modeling Instruction Legacy Site out of Arizona State University, the new American Modeling Teachers Association website and several teacher’s websites including Kelly O’Shea’s Physics! Blog! Even though I am not a physics teacher, I found Kelly’s descriptions of the modeling building sequence in her class fascinating. I was sold. How could I incorporate this pedagogy into my classroom. I continued my investigation into Modeling Instruction. While the physics and chemistry model sequences were very throughly developed, I found the biology model sequence was still very much a work in progress.
Last summer I really wanted to attend a Biology Modeling Instruction workshop, but I could not fit it into my schedule as I had already committed to attempt a summit bid on Mt. Rainer with a great non-profit organization Climb for Cancer Care. So I joined the AMTA and downloaded the Modeling Biology “curriculum”. I attempted to implement some aspects of the curriculum in my classroom this past school with varying degrees of success.
When I saw the opportunity for this workshop online, I knew that I’d be there. Although I’ll be away from my wife and two young daughters for 3 weeks, I’m really looking forward learning and reflecting on the Modeling Instruction pedagogy.