Anyone do official modeling in science?

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  1. Camel13

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    Aug 10, 2018 at 9:46 PM

    i just completed a three week modeling course in physical science. Transformed my idea of teaching! Wondering if anyone on this forum has tried or is doing modeling in their science or other classes. Would love to hear feedback or successes.
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 12:24 AM

    Let me suggest that you sketch out how you mean "modeling": it could be you'll get some responses from people who are doing what you're doing but happen not to have heard of it under the name "modeling".
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 6:50 AM

    Yeah I'm very confused as to what is being referred to as modeling. If op means the picture in a magazine kind then no I do not model with my textbook. (For op: I'm a hs science teacher for context)
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 7:11 AM

    :rolleyes:
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 7:27 AM

    I mean my bird leg and my fake leg that is currently Spyder themed would not be magazine worthy.
     
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    Aug 11, 2018 at 9:19 PM

    Oh goodness. I am not sure exactly the definition, but it is a process of teaching that engages students in a cycle of investigation, Socratic circle discussion and formulation of science concepts with a teacher acting more as a facilitator rather than using lecture, worksheets, or direct instruction. Using large whiteboards for students to draw diagrams and ideas of what they are learning is a key part. I am really excited about the process, but hoping to find some other folks who have delved in. This style of teaching has been around since the 1980s but this isn’t the first I had heard of it.
     
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    Aug 12, 2018 at 1:19 AM

    Oh. Then yes, at least partially. My classes are lab-based which are hands on activities.
     
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    Aug 12, 2018 at 7:31 AM

    Most science classes are. Modeling, however, seems to be a different approach that could be used in conjunction with lab-based instruction.

    Camel13, this is very exciting! Do you know if any of your colleagues use the modeling approach? You might try looking on twitter for other educators who are immersed in this method for continued discourse, resources and inspiration.
     
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    Aug 12, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Well if I'm understanding, it sounds like it's more of a real-world setting for science, rather than a classroom setting at least in how students go about the learning. Students are given limited information and are expected to fill out the rest via experiments. Unless I'm just misunderstanding (which is entirely possible) my students do this. They just don't draw as much.
     
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    Aug 13, 2018 at 3:03 AM

    Modeling, sounds like a snake oil name for how most of us science teachers have been doing it for decades!
     
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    Aug 13, 2018 at 6:22 AM

    It seems to me that this is a different strategy than lecture, readings, lab. Perhaps the OP can elaborate or point us to a website so we can more clearly understand.
     
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    Aug 13, 2018 at 7:26 AM

    Here is a link to the American Modeling Association: https://modelinginstruction.org/
    I stumbled upon this really. I signed up for a three week course through my university’s STEM program. It sounded like a great intensive professional development opportunity. I was surprised by the approach to teaching. Like Aces said above, it is more real world, and has students conduct investigations and make observations. They then create whiteboards of their ideas using graphical analysis to probe at the underlying reasons why something is observed. Essentially the process has students discovering scientific laws themselves, without us as teachers just telling them and having the students memorize for a test. There is a lot that goes into this that is more than I can recap here. Anyway, I am hoping to find more teachers having success with this methods since I am new to it to gain support and bounce ideas off.
     
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    Aug 13, 2018 at 8:03 AM

    My entire curriculum is based on creating models through experiments and argumentation so yes.
     
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