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Megan Vigre,
NSF Teaching Partner

NSF GK-12 Project: Western Washington University
Catalysts for Reform
URL: http://gk12.wwu.edu

Partner School: Nooksack Valley Middle School,
Everson WA

Degree: K-8 Education, Washington State University; MA, Curriculum and Instruction, Eastern Washington University

Years Teaching: 10

Graduate Fellow Partner: Emily Davenport

Special accomplishments, interests
I simply love to travel the world and learn!

How will you continue to integrate an aspect of GK-12 and your partnership with graduate students into your teaching, philosophy, etc.?
Our 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?
The 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
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