I believe that good teaching consists of excellent student-teacher rapport while immersing students in a subject with exemplary curriculum. Easier said than done. Most of us, even with great teacher preparation programs, learn these skills by trial and error. For me, Modeling Instruction gave me the framework for really making curricular ideas work. The student-centered nature of Modeling was instrumental in building rapport as well. More recently, I've implemented standards-based grading as a way to both improve learning results and to improve my rapport with students. I've learned a lot along the way but I still have lots to learn. I hope that the thoughts and resources I share on these pages will help you in developing your teaching craft as well.

Please share your comments and questions!

Mark Schober
Trinity School, NYC
formerly at:
Columbia Secondary School, NYC, 
John Burroughs School, St. Louis

Chairman, STEMteachersNYC
Past Webmaster, St. Louis Area Physics Teachers

2009 recipient of the Gene Fuchs award from the St. Louis Area Physics Teachers
2007 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

Member: AAPT, AMTA, AAAS

Major Workshops Led:

2000, ASU, Curriculum Development, Models of Light
2000, St. Louis, Modeling Instruction in Physics, Mechanics
2001, ASU, Curriculum Development, Models of Light
2002, St. Louis, Modeling Instruction in Physics, Mechanics
2004, FIU, Modeling Instruction in Physics, Models of Light
2005, FIU, Modeling Instruction in Physics, Electricity and Magnetism
2006, FIU, Modeling Instruction in Physics, Models of Light
2007, FIU, Modeling Instruction in Physics, Electricity and Magnetism
2010, UNM, Modeling Instruction in Physics, Mechanics
2010, ASU, Modeling Instruction in Physics, Models of Light
2012, STEMteachersNYC, Modeling Instruction in Physics, Mechanics
2013, STEMteachersNYC, Modeling Instruction in Physics, Models of Light
2014, FIU, Modeling Leadership Workshop
2014 STEMteachersNYC, Modeling Instruction in Physics, E&M
2015 STEMteachersNYC, Curriculum Development Camp
2015 STEMteachersNYC, Modeling Leadership Workshop (x2!)

I participated in the Modeling Chemistry workshop in 2011, and Modeling Physics workshops in 1998 and 1999.