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Upgrading an old website

posted Jun 27, 2015, 6:46 AM by Mark Schober   [ updated Jul 16, 2015, 8:50 PM ]
Dear friends, I started this website over 15 years ago as a resource for my students and, as it turns out, for the wider Modeling community.

I have had the opportunity to teach physics in grades 9-12 in public and private schools, and implementing the Modeling Instruction philosophy with each combination of variables required customized curricular approaches to best fit my students. I'm now at a school that has its own password-protected web system and maintaining multiple web platforms has been too much to keep up with. Therefore, some upgrades are needed.

This site is now designed specifically for teachers. My students can get what they need through my school site. This tighter focus will make the site easier to use.

Most of the physics materials I've created and the resources I've assembled are available through the American Modeling Teachers Association website. They have a great platform for exchange of ideas that compiles the resources and brains of hundreds of teachers throughout the Modeling Instruction community.

Many bloggers have done an excellent job of addressing questions and providing excellent resources for teachers. I will add to the blogosphere when I have something to say, but I will also happily refer you to the excellent thinkers out there who have stated things beautifully. My own writing has also appeared on the AMTA site and on the STEMteachersNYC site.

I've branched out beyond physics. I've now taught Modeling chemistry, environmental science, astronomy and modern physics, and engineering. I also have a dozen years of experience with middle school astronomy and meteorology teaching. Along the way I've learned a lot and have generated some resources that may be worth sharing.

I've also thought a lot about developing storylines that connect the entire science sequences together by considering what is central to the scientific subdisciplines and what will set students up for subsequent studies and science. When considered in a holistic way, the physics first sequence makes perfect sense and Modeling approaches in physics makes it doable.