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.
Hello! This is Breanna from Pacific Education Institute (PEI). We are a non-profit 501(c)3 in Washington State, based in Olympia. Over the next few months PEI staff, faculty and teachers will be sharing a bit about the work we do to get students outdoors on this blog.
I recently read an article about “argument-driven inquiry.” The gist of the article was that science students learn better when they are able to discuss, argue and determine their own method for testing a theory.
National Parks are one of America’s greatest resources. Initially established in 1872 to protect the unique geological features of Yellowstone, the National Park System (NPS) now protects over 52 million acres in twenty-seven states.
After bulletin boards have been hung, student nametags completed, and notebooks labeled, I am always left with one question: What standards-based activities can I plan right away, in the first couple days of school, to interest, engage, and get my students excited about the year ahead?
The lessons taught at the beginning can set the tone for the entire school year, as well as determine if my students are going to buy into the learning that I am selling.
Any opportunity to increase environmental literacy excites me. However, I have found that significant changes in environmental education happen on a punctuated time scale and that passionate environmental educators must act in a timely manner to change curriculum, access funds and develop new environmental courses. A new opportunity now exists as the engineering component of the Next Generation Science Standards allows educators to rethink some of the ways we teach environmental issues.
I still remember showing up for my first day at a new school and hearing the principal utter those infamous words, “Oh, and by the way, you will also be teaching 2 sections of Environmental Science starting Monday.”
NEEF is the nation’s leading organization in lifelong environmental learning, connecting people to knowledge they use to improve the quality of their lives and the health of the planet. NEEF sees a future where by 2022, 300 million Americans actively use environmental knowledge to ensure the well-being of the earth and its people. Learn more at neefusa.org.