I am still teaching at G.W. Carver Middle School, 23 years and counting. I am very involved with the Dream in Green Organization. I am crossing my fingers that my students and I will win first place in our school district's Dream in Green contest this year. I will find out on May 22. The contest involved the integration of green lessons across our curriculum, the installation of rain barrels on our campus, and several student projects including a water bottle drive and a solar cooker competition.
Starting with the polar vortexes that ushered in 2014 and following up with recent spring snow storms on the East Coast, the weather and the environment have been dominant topics of conversation these days. It is particularly true in our schools, where scheduled vacations have been cut short and school years have been extended to accommodate the environmental shifts communities across the nation have felt.
As part of our Educator Toolkit this year and last, we have identified some great apps and games that students, teachers and parents may want to check out to further their environmental learning and teaching.
Most people are familiar with the “Three Rs”- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. I think by now, we all know that consistently doing these three things is very important to conserving resources and showing appreciation for our planet. With that in mind, I would like to suggest that we add a fourth “R” to this mantra- Repurpose.
I have always believed that the best professional development for an environmental science teacher cannot occur in a classroom nor is delivered by a trainer. Rather, many of my best lessons as well as my teaching philosophy were developed when I had the chance to visit places which allowed reflection in how I teach my courses.
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