Greetings! My name is Dallas "Chip" Woods, and I am excited to be on here. I am currently in my first year of graduate school at Tennessee Technological University, where I am seeking to get my master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with initial licensure in Elementary Education. I've worked off and on with Zoo Knoxville while also doing photography on the side. My undergraduate degree was in Theatre Directing and Performance at Belmont University in Nashville, but I have spent the last couple of years working in Tanzania in the education world (training teachers in 17 villages and helping to establish an international academy in Dodoma). And after a recent visit back home to Tanzania, I'm excited that I will be moving back to Moshi, Tanzania in June 2021 though to start teaching at a brand new international academy, Kibo-Shanty Primary Academy. I'm looking forward to all of the great resources on this site and the ELED 6400 class.
Wangari Maathai, Earth Day, and Arbor Day
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Sun, Mar 14, 2021 11:46 PM in Immersive, online learning adventure - Surviving Extinction
Oh wow! What an incredible resource!! I am definitely going to be bookmarking this to explore it more in the future. I love how engaging it is and how it involves students with the study of adaptations through a unique lens. At the schools that I subtitute teach at, the kids absolutely love playing their learning games. I think this would be a great tool to have students l...
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Sun, Mar 14, 2021 11:33 PM in Preparing for the Future Based on Lessons from the Past: A Sustainability Makeover for Ancient History
Wow! I was really interested in this particular approach to teaching ancient history through the sustainability lens. One of the greatest challenges for teaching ancient world history is the students' stubbornness towards not seeing how those ancient cultures have impacted life even into the modern era. Examining it through the lens of sustainability truly allows students to...
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 3:47 PM in Livestreaming a Lab Over Night and/or Time Lapse
Greetings!! This last week, I completed the Resurrection Plant / Rose of Jericho discrepant event before a third grade class. This discrepant event occurs over a period (of ~24 hours or longer) in which the plant is placed in water and then begins to grow dramatically, displaying how it is specially adapted for the arid climates of the desert. One thing that I wish I could have offere...
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Sun, Mar 14, 2021 11:19 PM Excellent Resource-Interdependence of Life
As a pre-service teacher, I found this particular interactive E-Book to be an exceptional resource to review this material while also learning about several different items that I had not previously experienced. I loved the fantastic images and videos that were included throughout the E-Book. My only complaints are that there were a couple issues with the reviews and the final quiz (incorrect answers marked as correct, although the captions supported the correct answer). I would potentially add more explanations to all of the answer choices so that those who are using this as a tool can see where they continue to have misconceptions. The other challenge that I had was that I was unable to access any of the resource links for K-4, 5-8, 9-12. They took me to the learning center, but it said page was not found at that point. I would love to have a collection that I could save in My NSTA library for future references. I also loved the interactives!! I would love to have them in a place where I could quickly go to utilize them in the future should I need a quick review. I also would love to see an addition that discusses how it's not so easy to convince people of how important it is to preserve our natural world around us. I lived over in Tanzania, and a couple months ago, we had elephants who were passing through a village trample a lady and ate up many of the gardens. These people wanted the elephants dead. It's not just cut and dry that we should have a desire to protect our animal counterparts. A discussion of the challenges that come with this particular experience might be a great addition to continue keeping the book relevant in the ever-changing world in which we live.
Aside from those minor issues, this resource is absolutely fantastic. The information is so relevant and allows the reader to refresh on the material in an easy to read, interactive and engaging manner. I recommend it to any teacher (regardless of where you're at in your career - pre-service, first year, or veteran teacher) as a tool to review and advance your knowledge and success in the classroom. I'm very impressed by this resource!
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