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Science Modeling Talks

41 EpisodesProduced by Mark RoyceWebsite

Science Modeling Talks is a podcast series that introduces you to top science Modeling teachers and thought leaders in a relaxed and conversational interview format.In our episodes, you'll hear stories and ideas that help the science education community learn and grow as effective classroom teachers… read more

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Episode 40 - Dwain Desbien - Rethinking What We Teach and Why

January 1st, 2023


In this episode, Mark talks with Dwain Desbien, a physics instructor at the community college level, about his research in physics education, methods …

Episode 39 - George Nelson - Modeling in Middle Schools

December 1st, 2022


In this episode, Mark talks with middle school modeling teacher George Nelson. They talk about the importance of building skills, rather than just …

Episode 38 - Dan Peluso - Astronomy, SETI, Music and Modeling

November 1st, 2022


In this episode, Mark talks with Dan Peluso about his time teaching physics and astronomy and the work he has done to help develop the modeling instruction materials and workshop for astronomy modeling (the next one is …

Episode 37 – Ariel Serkin & Brenda Royce – “Improving Student Mathematical Reasoning with Modeling Instruction”

October 1st, 2022


In this episode, Mark talks with Ariel Serkin and Brenda Royce about improving student mathematical reasoning. They have given a workshop and a webinar on the topics, and have been working on these ideas for the last …

Episode 36 - Jim Stankevitz - "25 years of Modeling Instruction in Physics"

September 1st, 2022


In this episode, Mark talks with Jim Stenkevitz, retired modeler, about his 25+ years of teaching physics using the modeling approach, as well as his experience leading workshops and being on the board for AMTA.


Episode 35 - Bryan Battaglia - Leading Students to Deeper Understanding

August 1st, 2022


For this episode, Mark caught up with physics modeler Bryan Battaglia, during a modeling instruction workshop on computational modeling, physics first with bootstrap. They talked about Bryan's teaching journey and how …

Episode 34 – Gloria Kreischer Gajewicz – “Improving Student Outcomes Through Modeling Instruction”

July 1st, 2022


In this episode, Mark talks with Dr. Gloria Kreischer Gajewicz about her experience finding modeling instruction as a veteran teacher, about shifting to standards-based grading, and about her Ph.D. research into …

Episode 33 - Earl Legleiter - "Modeling Workshop Leader for 25 years".mp3

June 1st, 2022


In this episode, Mark talks with Earl Legleiter about what it is like to be a science teacher in a rural school, and how modeling instruction helped …

Episode 32 - Jeff Steinert - "From Mechanical Engineer to Science Modeling Teacher"

May 1st, 2022


In this episode, Mark talks with Jeff Steinert, a physics modeler with 24 years of experience with modeling instruction.
They talk about building a storyline for the course and about changing lab activities to better …

Episode 31 - Dr. Anita Schuchardt - "Modeling Biology with Mathmatics"

April 1st, 2022


Mark talks with Anita Schuchardt about her experience teaching using modeling methodology in biology at the university level. They talk about the …

Episode 30 – Melissa Girmscheid & Jess Dykes – “Computational Modeling in Physics First with Bootstrap”

March 1st, 2022


In this episode, Mark talks with Jess Dykes and Melissa Girmscheid, who are both modeling instructors and have spent time developing the modeling …

Episode 29 – Dr. James Vesenka – “Modeling with a University Professor”

February 1st, 2022


Mark talks with Jamie Vesenka, "Dr. V." to his students about modeling instruction at the university level, developing a physics course for students who intend to pursue life science careers, challenges of pandemic …

Episode 28 - David Bates - Middle School Modeler - "It's About Relationships"

December 1st, 2021


In this episode, Mark talks with middle school teacher David Bates about his experience with modeling instruction at the middle school level. They …

Episode 27 – John Baunach – Computational Modeling and More

December 1st, 2021


This month, Mark talks with John Baunach, a modeler and teacher of ninth-grade physics. He talks about his career journey as well as the ways that modeling changed his teaching. They talk about computational modeling in …

Episode 26 – Jeremy Secaur – The Students Voice, Intellectual Risk, and A Healthy Support System

November 1st, 2021


In this episode, Mark talks with Jeremy Secaur, a modeling instructor and physics teacher from the Cleveland, Ohio area. They talk about his introduction to modeling, bringing modeling workshops to the Cleveland area, …

Episode 23 – Jane Jackson – 27 years developing Modeling Instruction

August 1st, 2021


In this episode, Mark talks with Jane Jackson, who has worked on modeling instruction for the last 27 years. She gives us insight into the history of modeling instruction as well as the challenges we face funding …

Episode 20 – Kathy Harper – “Ohio State University, Modeling and Engineering”

May 1st, 2021


In this episode, Mark talks with Kathy Harper, a senior lecturer in engineering education at The Ohio State University. She tells us about how she found her way to a modeling workshop half her lifetime ago, and how …

Episode 18 - Karle Delo - "Middle School M.I. and AMTA's New Marketing Director"

March 1st, 2021


In this episode, Mark talks with Karle Delo, who came to modeling as a middle school science teacher, and is now working as an instructional coach …

Episode 16 – Erica Posthuma & Molly Bickle – The next Generation

January 1st, 2021


In this episode, Mark talks with Erica Posthuma and her student Molly Bickle. This conversation explores passing the torch to a next generation …

Episode 15 – Dan Peluso – Astronomy and Grades Don’t Matter?

October 1st, 2020


In this episode, Mark talks with Dan Peluso, an astrophysics PhD candidate working on getting students and teachers to do citizen science in the classroom. He talks about how he became a teacher and became a part of the …

Episode 14 – Fran Poodry and Matt Greenwolfe – “Tools of the Trade”

September 1st, 2020


In this episode, Mark talks with Fran Poodry and Matt Greenwolfe. They talk about how each one came to find modeling instruction and how their first …

Episode 13 - Mark Schober - "The Richness of Learning From One Another"

August 2nd, 2020


In this episode, Mark talks with Mark Schober about his career as a physics teacher, how modeling changed his teaching, how that led him to using Standards Based Grading with Modeling Physics, and later how Mark was …

Episode 12 – Teresa Marx – “AMTA’s New President”

July 2nd, 2020


In this episode, Mark talks with incoming AMTA president, Teresa Marx. They talk about the way Teresa's teaching looks different as a result of …

Episode 11 – Rebecca Vieyra & Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz – “Building Content Knowledge, AMTA Projects and a New App”

June 1st, 2020


In this episode, Mark talks with Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz, AMTA's first executive officer and now senior fellow, and Rebecca Vieyra, who works …

Episode 10 – Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz & Wendy Hehemann – “AMTA Workshops & Leaders”

May 1st, 2020


In this episode, Mark talks with Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz, AMTA's first executive officer and now senior fellow, and Wendy Hehemann, AMTA's …

Episode 09 - Dr. Bill Thornburgh - "Stay calm, stay healthy, engage students"

April 13th, 2020


In this conversation, Mark Royce talks with AMTA executive officer Bill Thornburgh about the challenges and ways to make the most of our time while …

Episode 08 – Christi Mendoza & George Nelson – "Modeling in the Middle Schools"

April 2nd, 2020


In this conversation, Christi Medoza and George Nelson talk about modeling at the middle school level. They talk about the challenges some teachers …

Episode 07 – Tanea Hibler & Ariel Serkin – “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion”

March 2nd, 2020


In this episode, Mark talks with Ariel Serkin and Tanea Hibler, modelers who are passionate about building equity and dismantling racism in the classroom. They share reasons that they are passionate about the work and …

Episode 06 - Raymond Howanski - "The importance of developing community"

February 1st, 2020


In this episode, we hear from Raymond Howanski from outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He talks about the reasons his district changed the order of their science classes to begin with physics before progressing to …

Episode 05 – Erica Posthuma – “Students learn better from teachers who care”

January 2nd, 2020


In this conversation with Erica Posthuma, we hear about her experience of going through her first modeling workshop and the "aha" moments that she experienced. Erica talks about how modeling instruction makes chemistry …

Episode 04 – Brenda Royce – “The goal is to promote understanding”

August 1st, 2019


In this conversation with Brenda Royce, we hear about the things she learned while going through two summer workshops in modeling instruction and then teaching physics and later chemistry using modeling methods. Brenda …

Episode 03 – David Hestenes – “The Modeling Theory of Cognition”

July 1st, 2019


This episode is a conversation with Dr. David Hestenes. Dr. Hestenes talks about his own education and work in various universities and departments. He talks about his graduate education and then goes in-depth about the …

Episode 02 – Colleen Megowan – “Collaborative Sense Making”

June 1st, 2019


Colleen Megowan has extensive experience teaching in the classroom in California. She did her graduate work and eventually went on to teach at …

Episode 01 – Larry Dukerich – “Change the trajectory of your career”

May 1st, 2019


In this episode, we hear from Larry Dukerich, one of the key people who developed modeling resources for chemistry instruction. He talks about how modeling changed the way he taught and expands on the three main ways …

Welcome to Science Modeling Talks!

April 1st, 2019


Learn about Science Modeling Talks in a brief introduction.

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