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Science Modeling Talks is a podcast series that introduces you to top science Modeling teachers and thought leaders in a relaxed and conversational interview format.
In our episodes, you'll hear stories and ideas that help the science education community learn and grow as effective classroom teachers.

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Science Modeling Talks is a podcast series that introduces you to top science Modeling teachers and thought leaders in a relaxed and conversational interview format.
In our episodes, you'll hear stories and ideas that help the science education community learn and grow as effective classroom teachers.

    Episode 13 - Mark Schober - "The Richness of Learning From One Another"

    Episode 13 - Mark Schober - "The Richness of Learning From One Another"

    In this episode, Mark talks with Mark Schober about his career as a physics teacher, how modeling changed his teaching, how that led him to using Standards Based Grading with Modeling Physics, and later how Mark was part of the group of experts developing the modeling materials for waves and light. Mark talks about how he loves making and sharing ideas for low-cost lab equipment. They end with talking about the importance of community for teachers.

    • 41 min
    Episode 12 - Teresa Marx - "AMTA's New President"

    Episode 12 - Teresa Marx - "AMTA's New President"

    In this episode, Mark talks with incoming AMTA president, Teresa Marx. They talk about the way Teresa's teaching looks different as a result of modeling instruction, starting the organization STEMTeachersMassBay, the recent virtual AMTA conference, and Teresa's ideas for the next year with AMTA.

    • 42 min
    Episode 11 - Rebecca Vieyra & Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz - "Building Content Knowledge, AMTA Projects and a New App"

    Episode 11 - Rebecca Vieyra & Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz - "Building Content Knowledge, AMTA Projects and a New App"

    In this episode, Mark talks with Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz, AMTA's first executive officer and now senior fellow, and Rebecca Vieyra, who works through many channels to improve our systems of education. They talk about the value of teacher training in a workshop setting, where the instructor and participants all participate in building content knowledge. Rebecca tells us about some of the projects they have been working on, including the development of the computational modeling in physics first material and a new app that allows users to see magnetic field lines using augmented reality on a smartphone.


    Guest BiosRebecca Vieyra


    Rebecca is a coordinator of a multilateral effort to network ministries of education and education leaders to improve the quality of STEM teaching in the Americas. Until late 2018 Rebecca was the K through 12 program manager at the American Association of Physics Teachers. She managed collaborative grants from NASA and NSF and private foundations. She also served as an Albert Einstein distinguished educator, fellow placed at NASA aeronautics research mission directorate. She was awarded the presidential award for excellence in math and science teaching. Rebecca is currently pursuing her doctorate in science education at the University of Maryland College Park.


    Vieyra Software (https://www.vieyrasoftware.net/)


    Twitter (http://twitter.com/RVieyraAEF)


    Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz


    Colleen was a long-time high school physics and mathematics teacher and Modeler in Sacramento CA. She moved to AZ in 2001 to do graduate studies in physics education research focusing on Modeling classroom discourse. In 2007 she completed her PhD under the direction of David Hestenes. In 2011 she became AMTA’s first Executive Officer. In 2014 she retired from ASU to devote her full attention to AMTA. In 2017 she “retired” from the XO position and became AMTA’s first Senior Fellow. Colleen continues to write grants, conduct research, teach occasional courses in modeling and cognition, train workshop leaders, and publish on Modeling Instruction.


    Highlights[15:40] Rebecca Vieyra: "One thing that our teachers regularly talk about is the importance of representations within modeling instruction and we've got algebraic representations, graphical representations, we've got verbal representations vector and sometimes even physical three-dimensional representations. And this particular project now brings the computer program as one additional computational representation."


    [23:36] Colleen, talking about the app: "I think that's the big aha for people when they use the app, that if they want to know what the magnetic field is here, they can turn on their app and they can place a dot on the phone here and they can see exactly what that magnetic field is. And if they want to know how it changes as you move through space, they can do that. And if they want to take their phone and move somewhere else and look at the magnetic field, they just put over there, they can do it, they can see what it looks like from the other side or from underneath or from above because they can move their phone around and still look at that field... And the visualization for a three-dimensional thing like a field is a very big deal."


    ResourcesTranscript


    Rebecca and Colleen Transcript (https://sciencemodelingtalks.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SMT-Ep11-Rebecca-Colleen-transcript.pdf)


    Links


    AAPT K12 Teachers Portal (https://www.aapt.org/K12/)


    AAPT - Computational Modeling in Physics First with Bootstrap (https://www.aapt.org/K12/Computational-Modeling-in-Physics-First.cfm)


    Magna AR (https://www.magna-ar.net)


    100k in 10 (https://100kin10.org/) - Rebecca mentioned this organization when talking about grants


    Physics Toolbox Twitter (https://twitter.com/PhysicsToolbox)

    • 35 min
    Episode 10 - Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz & Wendy Hehemann - “AMTA Workshops & Leaders”

    Episode 10 - Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz & Wendy Hehemann - “AMTA Workshops & Leaders”

    In this episode, Mark talks with Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz, AMTA's first executive officer and now senior fellow, and Wendy Hehemann, AMTA's national workshop coordinator. They talk about the beginnings of AMTA as an organization and about workshops, both in-person and virtual. They talk about the benefits of attending each kind of workshop as well as how workshop leaders are chosen.

    • 39 min
    Episode 09 - Dr. Bill Thornburgh - "Stay calm, stay healthy, engage students"

    Episode 09 - Dr. Bill Thornburgh - "Stay calm, stay healthy, engage students"

    In this conversation, Mark Royce talks with AMTA executive officer Bill Thornburgh about the challenges and ways to make the most of our time while working with students remotely. They talk in particular about how some aspects of modeling instruction are challenging in this environment, but how we can continue to do many of the things we find so valuable for our students and their learning. They also talk about connecting with others, finding resources for distance learning, summer workshops, and supporting AMTA


    Bill Thornburgh taught high school environmental science, biology, and chemistry over the course of 10 years. In his 7th year of teaching, he was introduced to the Modeling pedagogy by a colleague who had attended a workshop. The following year, he attended a modeling workshop... what an experience! The transition from traditional instruction to Modeling invigorated him and he found that his students were much happier! Since leaving the classroom, he received his Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Louisville and he has been the Executive Officer of AMTA for the past two years. Bill says, "I miss teaching, but I'm happy that I get to continue working with such passionate and dedicated teachers!"

    • 34 min
    Episode 08 – Christi Mendoza & George Nelson – "Modeling in the Middle Schools"

    Episode 08 – Christi Mendoza & George Nelson – "Modeling in the Middle Schools"

    In this conversation, Christi Medoza and George Nelson talk about modeling at the middle school level. They talk about the challenges some teachers see in the variety of topics covered in middle school science, but the wonderful way that modeling instruction lets us adjust the way things are done in class, and let the students lead the way in discovering the way various phenomena work. They each share the biggest changes to their thinking or practice that came as a result of discovering modeling instruction.

    • 47 min

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