Models: an Instructional Tool


What would you do?

During your math class, Johnny sits in the back row, rarely pays attention, does not participate in class, and is failing; how can you engage Johnny?

Regardless of the subject matter, school, and teacher, we have all had a student like Johnny in our class. You may have tried many techniques to 'win Johnny over,' and maybe a few have worked. One idea to help in this situation is to implement models throughout your lesson. Models will help gain Johnny's attention and increase his interest in mathematics, thus increasing his overall understanding of the subject.

Throughout this mini-course you will learn about models and how they can be implemented into your classroom quickly and easily to help students like Johnny. For example, a model of a Ferris wheel can be used to show one application of trigonometric graphs.


Models: an Instructional Tool

Through out this course, you will learn the use of models as an instructional tool to teach abstract and complex concepts. Upon completion, you will know what an instructional model is, the benefits of including them in instruction, how to properly implement a model, and examples of effective models.

The focus is on the use of models in the mathematics and science classroom, although, this course is beneficial to teachers of all disciplines. Students often have a difficult time understanding mathematics/science and the importance of learning the topic; they simply memorize and implement formulas. Throughout this mini-course, you will learn how effective models are in increasing the understanding of high-school mathematics/science and the application of various topics students study. For example, a model of a Ferris wheel can be used to show one application of trigonometric graphs.

Performance Objectives

Upon completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Explain/characterize by writing a definition and giving examples of models as a teaching/instructional tool
  • Identify the benefits of implementing models
  • Generate and execute an effective instructional model that may be implemented in the particpants classroom

Mini-Course Units

Unit 1: Activating Prior Knowledge

Unit 2: Models as a Teaching/Instructional Tool

Unit 3: The Benefits of Implementing Models

Unit 4: Techniques to Implement a Model Effectively

Unit 5: Closure


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