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 18 - Karle Delo - "Middle School M.I. and AMTA's New Marketing Director"
In this episode, Mark talks with Karle Delo, who came to modeling as a middle school science teacher, and is now working as an instructional coach and technology integrationist in Michigan. She talks about the most important things that modeling has brought to her teaching practice and she talks about plans in her other new role in marketing for AMTA.
Episode 17 - Chance Hoellwarth - "A University Supporting M.I."
In this episode, Mark talks with Chance Hoellwarth, who is the director of the Center for Engineering, Science, and Mathematics Education and professor in the Physics Department at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. He talks about his journey from physics undergraduate to working in physics education, and finally to Cal Poly's CESAME, where he works to expose teachers and potential teachers to excellent teaching methods. He talks about how he first learned of modeling instruction and about the workshops at Cal Poly in physics, biology, and chemistry.
Episode 16 - Erica Posthuma & Molly Bickle - The next Generation
In this episode, Mark talks with Erica Posthuma and her student Molly Bickle. This conversation explores passing the torch to a next generation science instructor.
Guest BioMolly Bickle
Molly Bickle is a senior at University High School of Indiana. She is a varsity golfer in the fall and is heavily involved in her school’s musical in the spring. After taking three years of Chemistry, Molly is very excited to combine her love for the subject with her passion for and interest in education. Additionally, she spent January of 2020 student teaching for a Spanish 1 classroom. Although unsure of where she is going to study, she plans on pursuing an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Spanish.
Erica Posthuma has been a science educator since 2001, teaching in both public and private school settings. She attended her first modeling instruction workshop after ten years of teaching, and it completely changed her way of teaching. Erica serves on the board of AMTA and is very active on social media, supporting and sharing ideas with others from all over. Erica is also an associate editor for the Journal of Chemical Education's ChemEdXchange.
https://sciencemodelingtalks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/SMT-Ep16-Erica-Molly-Transcript.pdf (Erica and Molly Transcript)
Episode 15 - Dan Peluso - Astronomy and Grades Don't Matter?
In this episode, Mark talks with Dan Peluso, an astrophysics PhD candidate working on getting students and teachers to do citizen science in the classroom. He talks about how he became a teacher and became a part of the modeling community, and using modeling and astronomy in his physics classes. He shares his plans as he moves into working on his PhD full time this year as well as working with SETI to get telescopes into classrooms all over the world, enabling students to become part of the scientific community even at a young age.
Episode 14 - Fran Poodry and Matt Greenwolfe - "Tools of the Trade"
In this episode, Mark talks with Fran Poodry and Matt Greenwolfe. They talk about how each one came to find modeling instruction and how their first modeling workshop changed their teaching. They also talk about tools and resources for the modeling classroom while we are unable to share lab equipment. These tools provide both lab data students can analyze and the opportunity to upload student-created videos and analyze the data. This is a very timely discussion, as many teachers are rethinking their plans for classes this year.
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.