What is a scientific model? How do students engage in modeling? What could this look like in a science classroom? With the recent implementation of new practice-focused science standards in Tennessee and across the country, modeling is a high leverage practice that engages students in all of the other NGSS scientific practices and helps students make sense of science in their everyday lives. When students engage in modeling while studying natural phenomena, thinking is made visible and public, ideas are more easily connected, teachers can better see student thinking and conceptual changes in their thinking, and students are allowed to critique one another’s claims and use of evidence. The practice of modeling mirrors how actual scientists find answers through reasoning and inquiry, and is a natural companion to phenomenon-based learning.
Join Dr. Kara Krinks from Lipscomb University and Dr. Andrea Henrie from Vanderbilt University for the next Ayers Institute Webinar: “Using Modeling in K-12 Science Classrooms.” Explore what modeling actually looks like in K-12 science classes and gain practical strategies to implement this approach at varying grade levels.
Julia Osteen, Technology Integration Specialist