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Modeling Instruction in Chemistry I is a Course

Modeling Instruction in Chemistry I

Ended Jul 13, 2021

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Full course description


June 7, 2021


5 Weeks






What you'll learn:

Participants are introduced to the Modeling Method as a systematic approach to the design of curriculum and instruction. The name Modeling Instruction expresses an emphasis on making and using conceptual models of physical phenomena as central to learning and doing science.

Adoption of "models and modeling" as a unifying theme for science and mathematics education is recommended by both NSES and NCTM Standards as well as AAAS Project 2061. Mathematics instruction is integrated seamlessly throughout the course by an emphasis on mathematical modeling. Modeling Instruction is aligned with all eight science practices of the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Standards.

Content for an entire semester course is reorganized around models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials and work through activities alternately in the roles of student or teacher. Teachers use computers as scientific tools to collect, organize, analyze, visualize, and model real data.

Course objectives:

The emphasis is on plans and techniques for helping students to learn concepts in chemistry from the perspective of systematically developed particle models for matter. Instructional strategies include a coherent approach to the role of energy in physical and chemical change.

Course plan:

Participants are introduced to principles of Modeling Instruction, then learn how organizing a chemistry course around a series of particle models of increasing complexity can make the experience more coherent to students. They are given tested instructional materials for the eight units that we consider the core of a high school or introductory college chemistry course, and they work through activities alternately in roles of student or teacher. They practice Socratic questioning techniques necessary to promote meaningful classroom discourse. They study research publications. All 8 science practices of NGSS are emphasized.

Course content:

  • I. Particulate structure of matter
  • II. Energy and Kinetic Molecular Theory
  • III. Stoichiometry
  • IV. Energy and chemical change
  • V. Naïve conceptions about matter and interactions



What you'll receive:

Certificate showing Continuing Education Units earned


For non-chemistry teachers, a minimum of two semester of college chemistry for science majors.

Limited spaces in the classroom are available. To apply for a space, please e-mail

*If you are an Arizona teacher, please email for a coupon code that will give you a $250 discount, so that your registration cost is only $400.


Meeting Details

June 7, 2021 through July 13, 2021
MTWRF: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.