Guidelines for Assessment & Instruction in Mathematical Modeling Education (GAIMME)
There is no longer any excuse for not incorporating modeling into your teaching of mathematics, indeed, to use modeling to drive the learning process for your students.
The report, Guidelines for Assessment & Instruction in Mathematical Modeling Education (GAIMME) was published in April 2016 and will support you as you transition to using modeling in your teaching. It was produced by the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and it is available (FREE) as a download at http://www.comap.com/Free/GAIMME/index.html and http://www.siam.org/reports/gaimme.php .
Once you have this report in your hands and have read and absorbed it you are ready to launch into using more and more modeling (and never going back to anything less!) While the narrative addresses issues of how to teach, why you should teach, and how to assess what you teach, it is rich with appropriate examples, just in time to answer your questions and concerns about what this thing called modeling is and how it compares to what we have been doing in our classrooms all along.
Recently, the National Weather Service announced they would no longer run emergency banner messages across our TV screens using CAPS - too alarming, they said, but rather lower case letters. Well, the news of the GAIMME report needs to be run in CAPS, BoldFace, and in FlAsHiNg 72 point font. It is that important.
You have to get it, read and devour it, and implement its ideas and approaches in your teaching, even if only a little bit at time. Soon you will be hooked and using modeling to motivate and consolidate the mathematical learning of your students. As the old commercial said, “Try it, you’ll like it!”
Here is what the authors of the work say,
“The shared hope and vision of the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is that this report motivates the educational community to make a place for mathematical modeling in curriculum, from pre-K through undergraduate levels. Further, that the value and importance of the skills required to execute math modeling effectively - logical thinking, problem solving, sensitivity analysis, and communication to name a few - are recognized and nurtured.
“Our primary audience is you the teacher. While we hope that test and policy makers will read this document and use it in their decision-making, it has been written for the front-line teacher. We hope and intend that these guidelines will be of help as you incorporate the practice of mathematical modeling into your classrooms.
“A major reason for the creation of GAIMME was the fact that, despite the usefulness and value in demonstrating how mathematics can help analyze and guide decision making for real world messy problems, many people have limited experience with math modeling. We wanted to paint a clearer picture of mathematical modeling (what it is and what it isn’t) as a process and how the teaching of that process can mature as students move through the grade bands, independent of the mathematical knowledge they may bring to bear. “
The Table of Contents illustrates the breadth and depth of the coverage for the GAIMME report.
CHAPTER 1 WHAT IS MATHEMATICAL MODELING?
CHAPTER 2 MATHEMATICAL MODELING IN THE EARLY GRADES: PREKINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE 8
CHAPTER 3 MATHEMATICAL MODELING IN HIGH SCHOOL: GRADES 9 THROUGH 12
CHAPTER 4 MATHEMATICAL MODELING AT THE UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL
CHAPTER 5 WHAT IS MATHEMATICAL MODELING, THE ART AND FLAVOR
APPENDIX A MATHEMATICAL MODELING RESOURCES
APPENDIX B MODELING EXAMPLES, ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE GRADES
APPENDIX C EXTENDED EXAMPLES
APPENDIX D ASSESSMENT TOOLS
As you can see, the report goes from soup to nuts and provides strong support as you move into using a modeling approach in your teaching. Of special interest are the rich examples of modeling activities and approaches and the attention to how one assesses learning, including solid rubrics.
“Run” to your computer and download the GAIMME report at http://www.comap.com/Free/GAIMME/index.html or http://www.siam.org/reports/gaimme.php . Read it and make it your own. It is FREE and it is irresponsible of you NOT to do so.