Southern Division Meeting

Event Information

Event Venue: 
Franklin High School, Franklin, MA
Event Date: 
Sat, 03/07/2015

Join us for an introduction to models-based instruction!  We are delighted to have presentations from two veteran modelers for NEACT Southern Division  meeting.  Sue Klemmer  of Camden, Maine, and Thomas Pfeiffer  of Fairfax, Vermont will be bringing their whiteboards to southern New England to share with us the joys and pitfalls of modeling.
Program Schedule
8:00                              Registration & Coffee
8:30  - 9:30                  Sue Klemmer
Students’ Understanding of Particle Models
9:30 - 10:00                Coffee Break
10:00 ­- 11:30                Tom Pfeiffer
Modeling Instruction in Chemistry
11:30 (optional)            Tour of Franklin High School (This beautiful and functional facility just opened this year.)
Plan to attend! Please RSVP by March 3, 2015 to Shawn Kenner at  
NEACT thanks our generous sponsor for their support of this meeting:  American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA)
Presenter:  Sue Klemmer, Camden Hills Regional High School (Rockport, ME), NEACT Northern Division Chair
Students’ Understanding of Particle Models
One of the most important kinds of modeling we do in chemistry is particle modeling: explaining how the world works by thinking about atoms and molecules. We’ll explore actual student work and research results on how high school and college students use and misuse particle thinking  in visualizing and explaining simple chemical phenomena   like  cutting  a  solid  and  diluting  a  solution.   I’ll  also  share  my  ongoing  modifications  of demonstrations and assessments in order to help students become more competent particle modelers.
Presenter:  Tom Pfeiffer, Bellows Free Academy (Fairfax, VT)
Modeling Instruction in Chemistry
Chemistry   can  be  a  very  abstract  subject  for  students,   and  the  use  of  mathematical  and  symbolic representations  can often be confusing for them. When using modeling instruction in chemistry, the teacher supports students as they develop models from data.  Most units begin with an experiment, allowing students to make observations  and collect data. Students then use particle or “nanoscopic” representations as they build and share their developing mental model of what is happening at the particle level.
In addition  to particle­ level  diagrams,  modeling  instruction  makes  use of some novel conceptual representations, graphic organizers and other approaches to problems involving conservation of mass, energy, and kinetic  theory.  In this hour  and a half workshop participants will explore the modeling approach, do a number of the activities typical in a first semester high school chemistry course, and have the opportunity to ask questions.


The meeting will be held at Franklin High School, in Franklin, MA.
The address is 218 Oak St, Franklin, MA 02038.
Park in the lot directly outside the main entrance. Follow the signs to the meeting room.