Modeling in the Biology Classroom: Creating Opportunities to Build Connections and Assess Science Skills
In this workshop, we provide tools and support for incorporating conceptual modeling into biology instruction. Unlike other modeling approaches, conceptual modeling is designed to help students better understand the nature of connections among related concepts in biological systems. Participants will learn (a) why modeling is a priority for biology learning, (b) how modeling can be used as an activity and/or assessment in diverse learning contexts, (c) how data from students’ models can inform us about what students are and are not learning, and (d) techniques for delivering feedback, even in large classes. Participants will work in small teams to practice adapting the modeling approach to their unique course contexts and applying scoring rubrics to student work.