Modeling in the Science Classroom
What is Modeling Instruction?
Instead of relying on lectures and textbooks, the Modeling Instruction program emphasizes active student construction of conceptual and mathematical models in an interactive learning community. Students are engaged with simple scenarios to learn to model the physical world.
The videos below will give you an excellent explanation of the research and theory behind Modeling Instruction. You will also view a classroom undergoing what is called "whiteboarding" where the bulk of learning, assessing, evaluating, and creating takes place.
Instead of relying on lectures and textbooks, the Modeling Instruction program emphasizes active student construction of conceptual and mathematical models in an interactive learning community. Students are engaged with simple scenarios to learn to model the physical world.
The videos below will give you an excellent explanation of the research and theory behind Modeling Instruction. You will also view a classroom undergoing what is called "whiteboarding" where the bulk of learning, assessing, evaluating, and creating takes place.



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Modeling Instruction in the Science Classroom (podcast)
Mark Schober, former president of the American Modeling Teacher’s Association, shares a history of modeling, how it can be used in the classroom, and that it is for more than just physics courses. From NSTA’s Lab Out Loud podcast.
A Modeling Approach to Physics Instruction (video)
In this video, teacher Seth GuiñalsKupperman explains how he uses Modeling Instruction in his physics classroom. From WNET/PBS Teacher’s Domain resources.
Introductory readings for those seeking more information
Curriculum materials:
These resources culled from the official Modeling Instruction Website at Arizona State University.
Special thanks to Frank Noschese. Find out more about Mr. Noschese at his website: http://fnoschese.wordpress.com/
Modeling Instruction in the Science Classroom (podcast)
Mark Schober, former president of the American Modeling Teacher’s Association, shares a history of modeling, how it can be used in the classroom, and that it is for more than just physics courses. From NSTA’s Lab Out Loud podcast.
A Modeling Approach to Physics Instruction (video)
In this video, teacher Seth GuiñalsKupperman explains how he uses Modeling Instruction in his physics classroom. From WNET/PBS Teacher’s Domain resources.
Introductory readings for those seeking more information
 Slideshow about Modeling Instruction by Larry Dukerich
 Modeling Instruction: An Effective Model for Science Education (Science Educator, Vol. 17, #1. Spring 2008 NSELA) By Jane Jackson, Larry Dukerich, and David Hestenes
 Modeling Instruction in High School Physics by high school teacher and Modeling Workshop leader Mark Schober
 A Model Centered Approach to High School Physics by high school teacher David Braunschweig
 Videos of teachers using Modeling Instruction
 The Modeling Method: A Synopsis
 The Modeling Cycle
 Teachers using Modeling Instruction share their Modeling Stories.
Curriculum materials:
 Kelly O’Shea’s model building storylines and materials from her blog.
 ASU Modeling Instruction materials
 Mark Schober’s ModelingPhysics.org website of materials
 Web Links for Modelers
These resources culled from the official Modeling Instruction Website at Arizona State University.
Special thanks to Frank Noschese. Find out more about Mr. Noschese at his website: http://fnoschese.wordpress.com/