2017 ESA Annual Meeting (August 6 -- 11)

WK 47 - Phenomenal Ecology in the Classroom: Turning Phenomena into Something Phenomenal for K-12 Learning

Tuesday, August 8, 2017: 11:30 AM-1:15 PM
D136, Oregon Convention Center
Sam T. Norlin
Kara Haas and Lisa Herrmann
Translating and transforming current cutting-edge ecological research into accessible K-12 lesson resources and curriculum is a challenging yet highly important activity. K-12 educators value the opportunity to use and teach lessons that are connected to active research, students are more likely to be engaged with hands-on science lessons and scientists are able to have their research used by a broad audience which is beneficial both for proposal broader impact requirements and connections to the community.

The study of ecology connects several K-12 science disciplines, providing relevance and meaning for K-12 students, through opportunities for inquiry and project-based learning. The recently published Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) guide K-12 education towards an integrated approach to science teaching with meaningful learning experiences, making Ecology the perfect vehicle for learning science. By aligning our K-12 materials with NGSS we can increase access and authority for K-12 teachers in using current ecological research.

Our workshop will bring together teachers who have participated in the LTER research experience for teachers (RET) and current ecological researchers. RETs will share their experiences in learning field-based science and how they applied this understanding of research to their teaching.  Scientists can share their experiences and translating their work to K-12 resources and then break out groups will be formed partnering K-12 educators and scientists. These groups will then review sample ecology-based science lessons using the EQuIP rubric and, time permitting work on generating novel educational classroom activities based on research findings.

Registration Fee: $0

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