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modeling in myanmarNext Generation Modeling Courses for Teachers (NGMCs) are graduate-level online courses for physics and physical science teachers (grades 10-12) jointly supported by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Department of Physics/Astronomy, College of Letters and Science, and College of Education and Human Services. These professional development courses have four main goals: 

  • Strengthen subject-matter content knowledge in physics
  • Deepen understanding of research-based methods of science teaching; common student learning difficulties; the Next Generation Science Standards; and teaching/learning theories in physics education
  • Engage teachers in the national conversation about the goals and methods of science teaching through participation in state and national science teaching organizations, local special-interest groups, and action research 
  • Provide a pathway to Higher Learning Commission (HLC) compliance for teachers seeking to become dual enrollment instructors 

All Next Generation Modeling Courses provide a suitable entry point into the Modeling Method of Physics Instruction and the concepts of Deep Learning in Introductory Physics

Unfamiliar with the Modeling Method of Instruction? Click here for a brief introduction. 

Past offerings in the NGMC course suite:

   Waves and Applications for Teachers, 2 cr. (Spring 2018)  
   Modern Physics for Teachers, 2 cr. (Summer 2018)  
   Electrostatics and Magnetism for Teachers, 2-3 cr. (Spring 2019)  
   Energy and Matter for Teachers,
2-3 cr. (Summer 2019)
   Modeling and Computation for Teachers, 2-3 cr. (Summer 2020)
   Waves and Applications for Teachers, 2-3 cr. (Fall 2020) 

Future offerings:

   Energy and Matter for Teachers, 2-3 cr. (February 1 - March 26, Spring 2021) Registration open! (3 seats left)
   Scientific Modeling and Computation for Teachers, 2-3 cr. (Summer 2021) Registration opens mid-February 2021
   Electrostatics and Magnetism for Teachers2-3 cr. (Fall 2021) 
   Modern Physics for Teachers, 2 cr. (Spring 2022)  
   Scientific Modeling and Computation for Teachers, 2-3 cr. (Summer 2022)
   Waves and Applications for Teachers, 2-3 cr. (Fall 2022) 

Click Curriculum Map and Course Descriptions for more information. 

Hope you can join us Spring 2021!

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What teachers are saying about Next Generation Modeling Courses...


Thank you so much for teaching this course! You have re-ignited my passion for becoming a great teacher, and given me great hope that I can turn my science class into something more than mediocre. Thanks for all your work and all the feedback.  I hope to join you in another class in the future.

-Ryan Gray, John Paul the Great Academy, Lafayette, Louisiana

All schools in Michigan are closed by order of the Governor [due to COVID-19] and my school has transitioned to remote learning. I want you to know that I've put what I learned about remote learning through you to work with MY students. :)  I've told them before how your classes were the most legit remote courses I've ever taken as we had to do something every day and there was a solid structure to it. So far, I'm able to manage daily assignments. I'm even using Pivot!

-Vance Nannini, Divine Child High School, Dearborn, Michigan

What a great class! Packaging Modern and Classical Physics into an easily digestible unit, the course offers strategies that benefit students in either realm of physics. Also, this was my first exposure to modeling, and I have already used many of the techniques in my classroom. Two thumbs up!

-Jerome Flewelling, Crown Point High School, 2018 Indiana Teacher of the Year

This course has given me an excellent introduction to modeling instruction and is really making me re-think how I teach physics. I am already trying to use it in the classroom and am excited about the changes I am seeing. The class has an excellent mix of practical ideas combined with the research to back it up. I think it is going to greatly shift the way I teach. 

-Urska Manners, American International School of Budapest

The course is giving me good time to think more deeply about building and refining models with students. I can see ways to teach wave phenomena that are superior to the strategies I was using earlier in my career when I last taught this content. 

-Craig Buszka, AMTA Leader Development Workshop Facilitator, Montgomery High School, New Jersey

I think these two courses have been some of the most valuable online courses I have taken as a teacher. I love working through the labs and the readings...were all useful and thought provoking.  I liked how [Waves and Applications for Teachers] worked through the modeling curriculum and allowed us to see it from a student's perspective. The virtual labs were also quite helpful as getting good data with the real-time experiments can often be difficult or impossible if equipment is lacking. The video-based labs allowed me to focus on the phenomenon and the model. I feel more confident teaching waves after taking this course.

-Rebecca Falin, iSTEM Geauga Early College High School, Painesville, Ohio


The order the material was organized in really did help develop the complexity of the topics and my thinking. I enjoyed the topics that were presented.

-Julie Kautzer, Oakfield High School, Wiusconsin


I loved all of the PhET simulations and how they really helped me to visualize the material. I also loved that I was "forced" into some deeper thinking....both on topics new to me and some that I haven't studied in many years since they are things I don't teach as part of my courses. Really stretched my brain! 

-Tami Smith, Marinette High School, Wisconsin

Great organization - I really liked knowing what was due when and the routine of lab, reflective writing, and then post lab..

-Mary Stowell, Riverdale School Distsrict, Wisconsin

This course keeps you honest about what you know and can improve on regarding waves in the physics classroom. I was able to modify much my wave curriculum to better support student learning after taking this course.

-Amanda Hochstatter, Millenium Brooklyn High School, Brooklyn, New York

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