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

Modeling Instruction, under continuous development since 1990 under the leadership of David Hestenes (Emeritus Professor of Physics, Arizona State University), corrects many weaknesses of the traditional lecture-demonstration method of teaching science, including fragmentation of knowledge, student passivity, and the persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world. Unlike traditional approaches to teaching science, in which students wade through an endless stream of seemingly unrelated topics, Modeling Instruction organizes each course around a small number of scientific models that form the content core of the discipline, thus making the course coherent. It applies structured inquiry techniques to the teaching of basic skills: (the Next Generation Science Standards call these Science and Engineering Practices) in mathematical modeling, proportional reasoning, quantitative estimation and technology-enabled data collection and analysis.

The links in the title bar above provide educators with the resources to successfully implement modeling instruction in their schools. Students and parents who want to know more about Modeling Instruction and how to succeed in a Modeling classroom can find links to information about how this approach differs from conventional instruction under the [About] menu. Anyone interested in articles about findings and evaluation instruments can find useful links under the [Research] menu.

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  1. Hi!
    I am Jorge and I am a Physics teacher from the Philippines. I am so interested to join your group and I want to learn more on the ways of the modelling method. Please do help me in my desire to enrich my ways of teaching and be a part of your wonderful circle.


    Truly yours,


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