The Northern Indiana
Science, Mathematics and Engineering Collaborative
Guided Inquiry is our Focus
The NISMEC SUMMER 2015 Modeling Workshops
Registration fee $25; Teacher stipend $100/day of attendance
Two (sequential) NISMEC modeling workshops
will take place in northern Indiana in July.
Financing for the other modeling workshops (in RED)
(In the Indy area and at Evansville) is in progress
|Workshop /place + Dates + Type |
A - Merrillville: 13-17 July: Intro to modeling - focus on ICP and Biology
B - Merrillville: 20-24 July: Advanced biology (teachers who already using modeling in their classroom)
C - Evansville, North HS: 6-10, 13-17 July: Development of an ESS modeling curriculum
D - Univ HS-Carmel: 22-26 June: Advanced Chem modeling, part 2/3
E - Guerin, Noblesville 13-17 July: Advanced Phys modeling, part 2/3
Registrations are limited to 12 teachers per workshop,
except for workshop A which has a registration limit of 20 teachers.
The registration forms are now available:
Recent NISMEC and Indiana Science Education news and additions;
2011 and earlier news
15 Febuary 2015:
The HASTI meeting had a strong turn-out of Indiana high school modelers with many presentations; our social on the Thursday evening at RAMS restaurant and bar
included a rowdy (but enthusiastic) group of about 30 revelers.
The Indiana Modeling Group (The IMG) made several decisions for the upcoming year: we discussed
how to optimize the effectiveness of our reduced funding (temporary I assure you) to allow for summer 2015 workshops in the Indianapolis area.
Our backup plan is to hold "leaderless" workshops for chemistry and physics teachers who have had 2 weeks or more modeling PD, plus at least one year
of applying modeling ideas within their classroom: the workshops will revolve around a different experienced modeler
each day to foucs on a different part of the modeling curriculum: each attendee learning how the others faced the topics, overcame
classroom problems, and learned from their experiences.
(1) We hope to have such chemistry and physics workshops in July; updated details and further information
will be added to the boxes given above.
(2) We will maintain our principal of $100/day stipends for all Indiana teacher attendees;
(3) There will be a small registration fee ($25) for Indiana teachers.
(4) Registration fees for out-of-state teachers will be $400 for the first week, and $200 for any second week.
10 Febuary 2015:
The Hoosier Association of Science Teachers of Indiana: HASTI-2015, Indianapolis, 11-13 February 2015:
List of NISMEC presentations and other Modeling presentations (table-pdf)
The Indiana HS Science Modeling Curricula - Gordon -
How Student questions and answers can bring quality learning to your high school science class (balloons) - Gordon -
How Student questions and answers can bring quality learning to your high school science class (rain clouds) - Gordon -
20 January 2015: HASTI Social for Modelers and other science teachers!! :
Thanks to Craig Williams for organizing our Modeling Social evening: I quote from Craig:
" We will be having a Modeling Social again this year at HASTI. It will be on Thursday, February 12th,
gathering at 7:00 p.m at the RAM restaurant downtown.
In the interest of having enough seats reserved, if you think you will be there, please email me ( Craig.Williams@nwsc.k12.in.us ) your intentions.
Feel free to invite colleagues of course,
and if you can let me know if others are coming, for numbers purposes, that would be great."
17 January 2015:"An example of a national shame": the destruction of our public schools... "For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income
families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for
"That is the opening paragraph of this Washington Post story reporting on a new report by the Southern
Education Foundation which found 51% of our nation's school children in 2013 were from low-income
families." Read it here.
3 January 2015:Two comments on the inadequate understanding of teaching in modern USA:
|Who can appreciate a teacher's difficulties?
Click on pic to enlarge -
the inscription is to the right
|"If a doctor, lawyer or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time,
all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble;
and the doctor, lawyer or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence
for nine months, then he /she might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job"....
Thoughts for Teachers - Harold Quinn
"Teachers Are Losing Their Jobs, but Teach for
America's Expanding. What's Wrong With That?"
A thoughtful study about the TFA program.
Published in The Nation
10 February 2014: Presentation slides of two of The NISMEC talks at HASTI:
Report on our ISI 5th-8th grade summer 2013 workshop: An example of science sorting/categorizing, by Berry, Bellina, Kurowski and Cole;
The modeling workshops in Indiana for 2013 and 2014: "Overview" and "The Glug - an example of measuring", by Pustek, Rose and Berry
1 February 2014: These two articles on Modeling appeared in the Journal the Hoosier Science Teacher, vol. XXX1X, Winter 2013:
"Classroom Perspectives on Modeling Instruction: Experiences of three Indiana Science Teachers", pp. 23-26, by E. Posthuma-Adams, L. Barden and C. Williams;
"Modeling Curricula Professional Development Workshops in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in Indiana", pp. 26-27, by G. Berry,
20 November 2013:
"Believing that Tinkerbell and Peter Pan can fly is a harmless exercise in fantasy":
Is the Common Core Becoming a Fiasco? - YES! From Education Week
19 November 2013: Here are two articles worth reading together: the first from 2011 (or earlier)
proclaims "Those Who Can, Teach. Those Who Cannot, Pass Laws About Teaching"; the second is an up-to-date critique of
the "Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors"
14 November 2013: Here is an article just submitted to the European Journal of Science and Mathematics:
"Reading an Object" by Mary Hynes-Berry and Gordon Berry
19 October 2013:
Turning a cell phone into a 350 times magnifying microscope!
Check out this article.. You and/or your students can do it as a project.
18 October 2013:
The first meeting and formation of the Indiana Modeling Group
will take place at the Hasti 2014 meeting; Craig Williams and other modeling teachers are arranging
a Thursday pm session, followed by an organizational party and meeting in the evening - we encourage all high school science teachers to join us..
17 September 2013:
We had a very busy summer at NISMEC!
Six (2x2 weeks, 4x1 week) high-school teacher modeling workshops in biology, chemistry and ICP
17 June 2013:
Two 2-week Guided inquiry workshops for middle school teachers (1 science-7/8th grades, one math/science-5/6th grades)
Two 1-week summer camps SOW - "Sensing Our World/the Cosmos" for 5th-8th grade budding scientists.
ATTENTION: NISMEC Summer 2013 workshops at Notre Dame, Morton H.S., Hammond, at South Bend Schools and at University High School.
|Budget uncertainties are resolved: we will offer a 2-week modeling workshop in
Chemistry at University High School in Carmel (July).
Also an extra Guided Inquiry workshop for middle school science teachers (August) - (go to forms above)
22 February 2013:
Gordon's brief presentation at the NDerc Forum at Notre Dame
on Saturday, 23 February, 2013 [ppt file here]
17 February 2013:
"University educators want students who can write, research, and think: students who are open minded, passionate, and curious.
These qualities are snuffed out under the drive for high scores on standardized multiple-choice tests under No Child Left Behind." So say
public and private school teachers in a recent letter publicized in the Washington Post. They focus on the loss of time in school for non-NCLB subjects - we think science at all grades suffers also!
13 February 2013:The annual NDERC meeting
"Collaborating for Education and Research Forum VI" will be held at the University of Notre Dame's Jordan Hall of Science on Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 from 8:30am to 2pm. Please register at the NDERC website (http://erc.nd.edu/).
9 February 2013:The annual HASTI Meeting just finished at Indianapolis (6-8 Feb).
Here are five ppt files of our meeting contributions: first the list of all the NISMEC-associated talks; and the ppt-files for the 4 workshops of Gordon Berry:
1- Galileo (all grades); 2- Modeling Overview (high school);
3- ISI extensions (middle school);
4- "Reading an Object: example-Alpacas" (all grades);
Terri Hebert's "Science and Stories" (docx file);
and Joe Bellina's two talks (pdf-files): Process Skills; and Science Notebooks.
For the other talks, contact the primary speakers (some of the files may be added in the near future).
18 January 2013:Important comment on the reduction of physics in the course selections of the NGSS - The New Generation Science Standards:
From Jane Jackson (jane.jackson@ASU.EDU);
"I am disturbed at the marginalization of physics in the NGSS model course maps in Appendix J. I see it as harming the spread of research-based programs such as Modeling Instruction. We all need to give feedback...."
8 January 2013: Mini-workshop in Kokomo: Friday evening/all day Saturday, 25-26th January 2013: "The Indiana HS Biology Modeling Curriculum: reports and next steps".
Please contact Gordon Berry (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to attend and/or for registration (Preliminary schedule ).
7 January 2013:Are these meaningful grades? Read today's New York Times article on grading the schools of each state
by the "Studentsfirst" education reform organization. It is interesting to read that Tony Bennett, the ex-Sperintendent of Schools for Indiana is preparing to be Florida's education commissioner.
Here is the original report giving Indiana a C+.
7 January 2013: News on NISMEC proposals/grant-writing: - score 2 up, 2 down (better than the ND Championship football team!)
Wins: 1 - The American Physical Society: "Physics And Instructional Resources": to James Keating, Washington HS (SBCSC) and NISMEC (Gordon Berry)
2 - The Indiana Commission on Higher Education: "Improving Teacher Quality": to Hammond School City, East Chicago School City, Gary Community Schools, and NISMEC (Gordon Berry) for Modeling in HS Biology and ICP
Losses: 1: The National Institutes of Health: SEPA program - Indiana Biology Modeling - NISMEC (Gordon Berry).
2 - Indiana Math Science Partnership - Evansville Vanderburgh Schools, Decatur Schools, and NISMEC (Gordon Berry) for Modeling in HS Biology and ICP
Partner Institutions and Community Organizations:
Mission statement and initial goals
NISMEC photos at Southern Wells School District, 7 March 2005
An assessment test yourself and your class!
Some NISMEC History
The Spring 2008 NISMEC Newsletter
Other News and archived newsletters
HASTI 2008 NISMEC talks
Beginning: First NISMC Meeting, 10 March 2004, at the Notre Dame Giovanini Center
------The Guided Inquiry Method (GIM) and Joe Bellina's remarks on Teacher Science Workshops
First NISMC Organizational meeting, 7 May 2004 at Saint Mary's Science Hall
NISMEC photos 2004 - a compendium
Some Children's and Science Museums
Healthworks Kids' Museum Memorial Hospital, South Bend
Hannah Lindahl's Childrens Museum Main St., Mishawaka
Curious Kids' Museum Benton Harbor
The Childrens' Museum Indianapolis
COSI The Columbus Science Museum
Chicago Science Museum on the Lake Front at 57th Street
Scitech Hands-on Museum in Aurora, Illinois, just west of Chicago
DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville, just west of the Tri-state I-94, Chicago
The Exploratorium San Francisco
Some Other interesting science sites
The Arizona State University Modeling site with a wealth of Modeling information.
Guided Inquiry, Lillian C. McDermott and The Physics Education Group of the Physics Department, University of Washington
Phystech Reference Set With the support of NSF, The American Physical Society (APS) created Phystech as a support group for innovations focussed toward precollege science teaching.
Also you can check out other APS initiatives in education.
A Progress Report On Decade-Long Science Education Reform Movement from Bayer, 11 May 2004
ITN The Innovative Science Teaching NewsletterVirtual Museums and more
STSCE A BIBLIOGRAPHY of "Students' and Teachers' Conceptions and Science Education"
SDSA San Diego Science Alliance
The Knowledge Loom Brown University Education Alliance: Educators Learning and sharing together
The Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation (MCTP)
Science Toys Construction fun
Physics Videos, from Wake Forest University
Physics Demos, from Glenbrook South Highschool
A Web-based physics course, First principles, from Michigan State University
Governmental and other science support links
SEFI Science Foundation of Indiana
HASTI Hoosier Association of Science Teachers
NSTA National Science Teachers Association
Education in St. Joseph County, Chamber of Commerce
IDEA Indiana Department of Education
--------- Indiana Academic Standards Resources
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. National Science Foundation, Education Department
The Siemens Foundation, Scholarships and awards
CIESE Center for Innovation in Engineering & Science Education
The Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley
GLOBE A worldwide, hands-on education and science program
TERC Research in Science and Math Learning
Yahoo K-12 science listing
South Bend City Directory
For further information about our organization,
or for suggestions for further inclusions in this web-page, contact Gordon Berry at email@example.com or 574-631-4012
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