2023 Kansas City National Conference

October 25-28, 2023

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FILTERS APPLIED:Postsecondary, Hands-On Workshop, Research to Practice, Sensemaking


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Nature Meditation IRL (In Real Life)

Saturday, October 28 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2201

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There is a strong need in the post (ish) COVID world, to help overworked, under supported teachers find the mental clarity needed to be the creative, innovative, and caring teachers we need to develop the future STEM minds of the future. As a certified nature therapy guide and long time NSTA presenter, I would love to bring this practice to the NSTA community. Participants will meet in the room and listen to a short overview of nature therapy and its roots in Shinrin-yoku. We will walk outside - encouraged to notice what is moving slowly as we walk through the busy conference. Once we are outside, I will lead in a land acknowledgement and sensory meditation. Participants will be given a chance to share what they noticed in a sharing circle. We will walk to the next locations and engage in more invitations / sharing circles. The invitations will be finalized once I am on site and connect with the land for inspiration.

Attendees will learn about the practice of nature therapy and its roots in the Japanese practice Shinrin-yoku which is widely researched for its health benefits.

Gina Tesoriero (Student / Educator / Researcher / Healer: Saratoga, CA)

From Standard to Learning- Developing Learning Cycle Experiences for and with Elementary Pre-Service teachers

Saturday, October 28 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2214

STRAND: Students and Sensemaking

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This session begins with a video clip to engage. Participants are given a battery, lightbulb, and a wire made from aluminum foil and masking tape. They are directed to make the bulb light up (exploring). They will then be shown 5 resources and how they can be used to explain current electricity. Participants will be given materials to design and build a lighthouse with a working light and challenged to make the light turn on and off (expand). After the design challenge, they will be shown 3 ways to evaluate (formative and summative) student mastery of current electricity. After experiencing the learning cycle, we will look at examples of Next Generation standards and how to develop learning cycle plans as well as Florida science standards.

Attendees will learn how to turn science standards, both Next Generation and state adopted standards, into learning cycle lesson plans for elementary students.

Laurie Boulden (Warner University: Lake Wales, FL)

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