Learn how outdoor projects, exploration, and investigations provide fantastic opportunities for project-based learning that addresses Iowa Core Science Standards. We will demonstrate how to bundle your favorite Project WILD and Aquatic WILD activities with field investigations to create project-based learning units. Much of this “flipped” professional development will be spent creating your own path through a host of nationally developed and tested resources to engage your students in authentic inquiry through modeling, discussion, and practice using your school yard or a local natural area and your classes as the framework.
Educators will be introduced to a variety of nationally-developed resources that support authentic learning (Project-based Learning Model, Field Investigations: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes, Schoolyard Biodiversity Investigation Educator Guide, Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills, Landscape Investigation Guidelines) as well the Projects WILD and Aquatic WILD Training will include using a project-based learning model and field investigations to create relevant learning opportunities for students that support STEM-based learning. Trainers will work with educators to incorporate activities from the Projects into inquiry-based learning and to conduct real field investigations with their students. Educators will be encouraged to develop site based projects to study and/or improve their local natural resources. This can include service learning opportunities, development of outdoor learning areas or habitats, and more.
Participants should to bring a laptop or notebook with a USB port, information about their school site or a nearby natural area including maps, photographs (aerial and/or ground level), plans, etc. related to a current or potential outdoor learning "project" (can include outdoor learning areas, outdoor activities, on-site or field trip activities) and Iowa Core Science Standards (or other relevant standards). Teaching partners/groups are encouraged to facilitate planning/implementation of projects.
There will be some outdoor activities, so dress appropriately (sturdy shoes, comfortable clothing).
For more information, or to register without credit, contact: Barb.Gigar@dnr.iowa.
SOIL: The Earth Beneath Our Feet
Two graduate credits for $250!!!!
Charles City Sleep Inn: July 6-8, 2016 and March 31-April 1, 2017 **You must attend both weekends.
An interdisciplinary, undergraduate or graduate level college credit course for all teachers K-12.
Total cost of $250 includes the 2 college credits, food, lodging, and a plethora of teaching materials.
Complete information and registration at: http://www.uiu.edu/eii
Email questions to Assistant Professor of Education Barbara Ehlers firstname.lastname@example.org 563-425-5322
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