St. Thomas High School, in collaboration with the American Modeling Teaching Association (AMTA), is hosting a two-week science modeling curriculum workshop this July. The American Modeling Teaching Association (AMTA) is a professional organization of teachers who utilize modeling instruction in their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teaching practice.

The AMTA workshops have an intensive, task-involved focus, acquainting teachers with all aspects of modeling, method of instruction, and developing skills. Teachers are provided with a context of curriculum materials to support instruction, which are organized into systematic modeling cycles.

The objective of the St. Thomas AMTA workshop is to show teachers how they can involve their students instead of solely informing them. “We are portraying a different way to teach science and how to engage the students through experience in the classroom versus a straightforward lecture on facts,” said Lynch. Through alternating in the roles of student or teacher, teachers have the opportunity to preview what the students will experience in the classroom throughout the academic year.
The high school has had the pleasure of hosting these AMTA physics and chemistry workshops since 2017. St. Thomas High School Physics teacher, Michael Lynch, has organized these workshops for the past three years, and has been involved with AMTA since 2013. “It is a big commitment for teachers to take the time out of their summer to attend these, but we always find that they make a significant impact,” said Lynch.

Teachers have the option to register for either the Physics or Chemistry workshops via AMTA’s website. Teachers travel city, state, and country wide to attend these STEM workshops. This year, there was a total of 15 teachers enrolled in the Physics workshop and a total of 15 teachers enrolled in the Chemistry workshop. Various states and countries were represented among the 30 teachers enrolled in the workshops, including Texas, Georgia, New York, Minnesota, and Switzerland.

Lynch adds, “By giving the teachers the confidence to teach in a different manner and the framework to do so, teachers will feel more inclined to take chances in the classroom. We are striving to inspire teachers to become more confident in engaging their students with new learning methods. This in turn, will better their students.”

About St. Thomas High School
St. Thomas High School is a Roman Catholic college preparatory school for young men in grades 9-12. The school was founded by three Basilian priests in the spring of 1900 with the mission to provide secondary education strongly rooted in the teachings of the Catholic faith. From its high-tech classrooms and state-of-the-art athletic facilities to the constant celebration of its rich and storied tradition, St. Thomas prides itself on providing the most fulfilling and well-rounded high school experience to inquisitive young men during some of the most formative years of their lives.

About American Modeling Teaching Association (AMTA)
AMTA is a professional organization of teachers, by teachers and for teachers who utilize Modeling Instruction(TM) in their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching practice. Our mission is to provide professional development for teachers in the Modeling Method of Instruction, to provide resources that support the use of Modeling Instruction(TM) in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and middle school science classrooms, and to support and enable collaboration among Modelers. AMTA strives to foster brilliant teaching and deep learning.