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Sunday, January 26 • 09:30 - 11:00
Teaching/Learning Science Through Modeling Instruction (Elicit Preconceptions

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Modeling Instruction is a pedagogy specific for the teaching/learning of science in all subject specific areas (Physics, Biology, Chemistry). It works effectively across the spectrum of grade levels (K-12) and this workshop will offer a mini sampling of lessons (from physical science, earth systems and life science) that can be adapted to various grade bands. The session will begin with an introduction to Modeling Instruction, the research that supports it, and examples of the student outcomes that result when using it. In Modeling, we begin by eliciting the current conceptual model that students come to school with. This takes place through the use of a probe or phenomena where we ask students to draw a model of what they are thinking. We then take them through a sequence of experiments where they gather evidence and decide if this evidence supports or refutes their original model. This gives students the opportunity to reconstruct their model, and in the process, dispel any misconceptions they might have had. This pedagogy uses a Claim, Evidence, Reasoning structure and incorporates the key skill strands that are well aligned with both Next Generation Science Standards and the International Baccalaureate (PYP, MYP and Diploma) programs.

Access to resources that support the Modeling Instruction pedagogy
An understanding of how Modeling Instruction can be implemented in the classroom
An appreciation for the impact that Modeling Instruction can have on deepening student understanding of scientific concepts


Sheri Gates

teacher, Frankfurt International School

Sunday January 26, 2020 09:30 - 11:00 CET