WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE MBER ESSENTIALS
The MBER Essentials are a collection of helpful tools, strategies, and resources designed to help you, the teacher, gain a deeper insight into the nuances of the Model-Based Educational Resource. The ideas presented here are designed to help you understand what changes in thought and action will help you and your students transition to a model-based classroom.
Immediately below you'll find extensive information about some of our design commitments and philosophies. Use the list at right to find descriptions of some key tools used in the curricular resources. And at the bottom of the page, you can find a growing list of FAQs, each asked by teachers at our MBER Institutes.
What is a Model?
Models are sets of ideas that explain natural phenomena. Scientific practice is about building models to better understand and explain the processes we observe in nature. Models are shared and discussed among scientists and are continuously tested."Models of" vs. "Models for"
What is a Model Triangle? How do I use it?
Our curriculum uses the PQM, or Model, Triangle as a reasoning tool for students to learn biology. We present students a biological phenomenon (P), students then generate questions (Q) from which they will build a model (M).P to Q to M, back again