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Mailing Address
Modeling Mechanics Workshop
c/o Socratic Brain
2301 Enfield Road
Austin, TX 78703

Michael Dolan

Mechanics Modeling Workshop


St. Edward's University

JBWS 362 (in the John Brooks Williams South building)
3001 S. Congress Ave
Austin TX, 78704


Dates & duration:

  •  Wednesday, July 20th through Saturday July 30th.
  • Ten-day workshop with Sunday, July 24th off.


Participant prerequisites:

Two semesters of algebra/trigonometry-based college physics.  The workshop is for college and high school physics teachers and those who intend to begin teaching these subjects next year.

Peer Leader:

Ms. Kay Fincher: Kay has led numerous Modeling Workshops in mechanics and physical science. Kay has taught various levels of physics at Amarillo High School in Amarillo, Texas for the past 16 years and has used Modeling Instruction for 13 of them. She has a master’s degree from Arizona State University in physics education.

Non-profit local sponsoring organization:

Socratic Brain

For information about the workshop content and logistics, contact Michael Dolan,


Modeling Workshops are intensive 2- or 3-week courses with these goals:

  1. educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided inquiry method of teaching, and improve content understanding at the same time,
  2. help participants integrate computers effectively into the science curriculum,
  3. help teachers make better use of national resources for science education,
  4. establish electronic network support and a learning community among participants,
  5. and prepare participants to effectively implement these skills and tools immediately into their classroom.


The main objective of this Modeling Workshop is to acquaint teachers with all aspects of the modeling method of instruction and develop some skill in implementing it. To that end, teachers are provided with a complete set of written curriculum materials to support instruction organized into coherent modeling cycles (as described in Wells et al., 1995). The modeling cycle is described at

To develop familiarity with the materials necessary to fully implement them in the classroom, teachers work through the activities, discussions and worksheets, alternating between student and teacher modes. Each unit in the course manual includes an extensive Teacher Notes section. Throughout the course, teachers are asked to reflect on their practice and how they might apply the techniques they have learned in the course to their own classes.

Modeling Instruction is a complex transformative pedagogy. Most teachers require at least 80 to 90 contact hours of intensive workshop to begin to implement it. A second Modeling Workshop is highly recommended to deepen and broaden one's understanding.

Click here to learn more about the 
Modeling Instruction Program and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) or visit to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and strategies to seek funding (if needed) to participate.


Application Deadline:

  • 5/15/2016 or until filled. Maximum enrollees are thirty.



  •       Workshop fee: $695/$750/$895 early-bird/regular/after 5/15/2016 (includes lunches, workshop material, licensing fees, and one year AMTA membership)
  •        Optional room & board: $79/day (limited quantity, lodging at St. Edward’s dorm rooms for out of town attendees)
  •     Optional room at Wyndham Garden Hotel (across from St. Edward's) We are holding a block of rooms for $79/day + tax



  • CPE credit may be offered.
  • We are working with St. Edward’s University to offer college credit for an additional fee. Details will be forthcoming.


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