NSF Teaching Partner
|NSF GK-12 Project:
||Western Washington University
Catalysts for Reform
||Nooksack Valley Middle School,
||K-8 Education, Washington State University; MA, Curriculum and Instruction, Eastern Washington University
|Graduate Fellow Partner:
Special accomplishments, interests
I simply love to travel the world and learn!
you continue to integrate an aspect of GK-12 and your partnership
with graduate students into your teaching, philosophy, etc.?
GK-12 fellow, Emily, will be going on a cruise in the Bering
Sea . Her study will directly relate to our study of environments.
Emily has already worked with me and our undergraduate fellow,
Alyse, to incorporate additional information/activities for
students around the ideas of global warming, the carbon cycle,
aquatic and terrestrial environments. This included a field
trip to Padilla Bay and, yet to come, a terrestrial environment
trip to Ostram Conservation Site. Students are greatly looking
forward to their communication with Emily about her research
and how it relates to their current study in the classroom
and background knowledge.
How has the GK-12 experience changed
you, and how has your participation changed the GK-12 project?
GK-12 experience has been an incredible learning opportunity
for me. Enhancing and developing a unit on environments with
the ideas shared by both Emily and Alyse has really added
to the quality/depth of instruction students are able to
receive. We have spent time together discussing student work
and reflecting on concepts/ideas they need more time with.
Having more adults in the room has been invaluable as students
have more opportunities to share their thinking and receive
input or questioning. Also, the GK-12 program allows students
an opportunity to meet/talk with a scientist in the field.
They get to see and hear about different jobs and opportunities
available to them outside the classroom. Emily shared with
us a presentation on "What a scientist is..." Students
were so moved by her openness and willingness to connect
with them at their level that sixth graders came to thank
her after her presentation/discussion. That says something
when sixth graders say thank you without prompting! I would
like to keep in contact with both Emily and Alyse in years
to come as they have become friends of mine and in hopes
that my future students can have some dialogue with them
about their current research. The input and development that
the GK-12 fellows bring to my teaching will change what and
how we do things for years to come.
Profile date: March 2007