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## Revision as of 13:07, 26 April 2010

**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?

One idea is to implement models to gain Johnny's attention and increase his interest in mathematics, thus increasing his overall understanding of the subject.

Overall, the purpose of this unit will is for you to gain a better understanding of what models are.

**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.

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

**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

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