The educator studies the use of models and modeling in the classroom; engages in a detailed analysis of the standards related to such, including the analysis of classroom tasks that address the standard; and devises a set of criteria for measuring students’ progress on the standards in that category appropriate to their grade level.
There are many models used in science disciplines that represent the concepts and content used to help students learn science. While sometimes interchangeable in the literature with the term “models,” modeling in this context refers to a learning strategy used with students.•_ In this badge, you will investigate both models and modeling within your discipline and as connected to the NGSS standards. You will engage in readings about that content using the resources noted above to deepen your knowledge of the content area and then plan, implement, and study a lesson related to that content with your students.
While some of the resources above are relevant to a particular content area, many are cross-disciplinary.•_ Consult with your MMTP badge partner so that you can select good resources to explore. The ideas in this badge are specifically designed for the teaching and learning of secondary science. Similar distinctions exist in mathematics; the Models and Modeling (Mathematics) badge contains those resources.
Questions from Readings to Discuss in Small Groups
Some Examples of Models in Science
Use the instructional strategy, “Modeling for Teaching Science.” Now that you have read the resources, in a small group, compare your ideas about the questions below.
Small Groups Science
Mixed Small Groups – Math and Science
Why Use Models and Modeling with Science Learners?
To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Part 1 and 3 and a “Yes” for the artifacts submitted for Part 2.
Please provide responses to the following session questions:
- How does the model on page 8 compare with your initial model you drew? What are the strengths and limitations of the model? How would having a more sophisticated and complex model affect the utilitarian use of the model when it comes to understanding your teaching or explaining the act of instruction to someone else, such as a peer, administrator, or parent?
- Then take a recent lesson and reflect on that lesson using the diagram on page 8 (two pages of reflection).
To earn this micro-credential, please attach your lesson plan, which includes all of the following:
Reflect on the effectiveness of the lesson from your perspective as a teacher.
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