Hello, everyone! I'm a pre-service/aspiring science teacher and current student at Stephen F. Austin State University. I have worked as a residential outdoor science teacher across the country for the past six years (most recently out of Houston ISD), and believe strongly that students learn best when allowed to get their hands a little dirty!
Tue, Nov 06, 2018 11:55 PM in After the field trip
I teach outdoor science at a residential site. We are generally viewed as a "weeklong field trip to science camp" (4th-6th grade levels), and we teach to NGSS and state standards. As a "field trip" educator, I have never been able to witness the long-term retention or learning of my students. I am curious what effect informal science field trips (museums, science camps, nature...
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Tue, Nov 06, 2018 11:35 PM in How do you teach ecology?
I have been teaching residential outdoor education around the country (admittedly, at the 4th-6th grade levels) and working on NPS and Fish and Wildlife field biology crews for several years. I have found that the natural resources divisions of my local public lands agencies can have some great data and pointers for student field work. Try reaching out to your local state parks and wildl...
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Preparing Students for Careers That Do Not Yet Exist
Thu, Nov 01, 2018 10:22 PM A good read!
This article relays an impressive framework for implementing problem-based STEM education at school and effectively partnering with professional STEM communities. The model followed by this public school immerses students in messy, real-life problem solving and research, and the results for students are statistically remarkable. The article also presents noteworthy teacher-training and youth outreach programs that schools and teachers interested in promoting STEM education might find instructive. These programs work together to increase access to quality STEM education for marginalized student populations, a current issue of high concern. I thought this article was both informative and inspiring, and recommend it for anyone looking for programmatic pointers… or just some inspiration!
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