Lyanne Abreu connected her urban students with the natural world around them through a challenge offered by the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. Students learned about native and migratory bird species in South Florida and collected data, making observations at specific sites and documenting their findings in journals. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Developing the Patience to See
Jim Bishop is the Associate Head of School at Bozeman Field School, a new independent school in Bozeman, MT. His students learned landscape-reading techniques to hone their observation skills and share resulting insights with the community. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: “Reading Landscapes” to Explore the Local Environment
Jennifer Bevill is a technology teacher who empowers students to use technology as a tool for communication, collaboration, and connection. She took her students on a silent walk to sharpen their observations of their school environment. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: From Close Observation to Community Action
Stephanie Buttell-Maxin, this week’s Educator of the Week, challenged her students to take a much closer look at their own “backyard.” While identifying species, the class also discovered a deeper sense of responsibility for their local ecosystem. Stephanie teaches third grade at Kimball School in National City, California. You recently hosted a BioBlitz in the salt marsh creek adjacent to your school. What was that … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Sparking Wonder in the Schoolyard
Katie Spear, this week’s Educator of the Week, uses this lesson to expose her students to the idea that anyone can be a scientist. Katie is a 5th-grade teacher at McKinley Elementary in San Leandro, California. Activity: What Do Scientists Do? Grade Level: 5 Time Commitment: 1 Month Inspiring Future Scientists To start the year, I teach a unit focused on the behaviors of a … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Anybody Can Be A Scientist!