Modeling Chemistry

Mansfield University Modeling Chemistry Workshop

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Chelsea Barnard on October 9, 2012 at 11:34 am.

Hello! I’m a first year Chemistry teacher trying to implement some/most of the modeling curriculum in my classroom. I went to grad school for physics and took classes in Physics Modeling, so I am trying to take what I learned there and translate it into something doable with the chemistry modeling curriculum. I would LOVE to see the rest of what you did in your workshops- sifting through the unit teacher notes is not the same as reading your blog!


Ms. Bethea on October 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm.

I recommend reading Gary Abud’s blog from this summer. He went to Mansfield as well, and did a great job summing up his experience:


Chelsea Barnard on January 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm.

Thank you!


Dan Dickes on November 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm.

I am interested in attending a Modeling Instruction workshop next summer in Chemistry. I sure would like to know where it is being offered!


Ms. Bethea on November 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm.

The list should be posted soon! I’ll be sure to link it. Where are you located?


Audrie on August 5, 2013 at 7:37 pm.

I am looking for a copy of the teacher materials from the workshop. Do you know where I can find them? I am a chemistry teacher in Utah.


Ms. Bethea on August 6, 2013 at 7:21 am.

If you go to and join AMTA (American Modeling Teachers Association), you will have access to all of the materials (chemistry, physics, biology, and more) as well as access to the modeling community!


Michelle on June 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm.

Thank you for this! I have the modeling chem curriculum and am trying to figure out how labs are done (as I’ve not taken the modeling course). I read through Gary Abud’s blog and it’s great as well. My question is, for the first unit at least, there aren’t any lab handouts for students in my download, so what is given to them for labs?


Ms. Bethea on June 12, 2014 at 4:46 pm.

I’ve never used lab handouts for this unit (or most others). The general purpose/procedure/prep comes from pre-lab discussion. There’s much more useful post-lab discussion when they aren’t necessarily in lockstep with a procedure. With such simple procedures, it’s a great place to have students thinking about experimental errors, and ways to minimize those errors.



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