Monthly Archives: December 2016

Perfect Partners: Environmental Literacy and Service-Learning

By DARLENE PANVINI Can I effectively teach environmental science and not include a service-learning component? I have decided that this is just not possible. In order to effectively develop students’ environmental literacy they need to engage in service-learning. After several … Continue reading

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The Rewards of Mentoring

By MELANY TRENARY Life is full of contradictions, and many times our efforts do not seem to make sense. In our fast paced lifestyles, we expect to see results quickly and tend to give up even quicker. However, as we … Continue reading

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The Important Work is Outside Our Classrooms

By ROBIN MAITOZA I was recently asked to be interviewed for a video promoting our College’s human services program. You see, our degree program recently went through a redesign to better reflect the demands of the field and to better … Continue reading

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Our Students as Home-Grown Citizens: Democracy is Not Fast and Easy

By SARAH ANDERSON and ANNE GURNEE Picture this in our public schools: 1st graders learn about food scarcity and then volunteer at a local food bank; 6th graders conduct a study about banana slugs for the local state park; 8th … Continue reading

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Finding the Connections Between Place Based Education and Teaching Science

By SARAH HAINES “At the beginning of the experience, using place-based lessons was very confusing to me and I had a very hard time creating lessons. However, through practice, I have learned how effective it is to have students answer … Continue reading

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Hackberries, Sugarberries, and Those Confusing Red Oaks: Place-Based, Service-Learning in Botany

By DARLENE PANVINI The hackberry and sugarberry specimens (Celtis spp.) are spread out on one lab bench. The collection of northern red and southern red oaks (Quercus spp.) is on another. Students pore through dichotomous keys, each student with his … Continue reading

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The Nutcracker Suite, A Winter Holiday Confession

By STUART GRAUER This is a really crazy story, from a little village in the Swiss Jura, and it happened a long time ago. I never thought I’d tell it. But it’s been a few years now and this feeling … Continue reading

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Creating New Learning Spaces in Schools

By CASEY O’MEARA In fourteen years of teaching I have seen greater numbers of students disengage with their education. The difficulties students experience through existing curricula are often not the result of the curricula, but occur within its context. Innovative … Continue reading

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Making Sense of Teaching Science and the Arts in a Human Context

By JON MADIAN I was a very poor student. I was in the lowest reading group in a very blue collar community. My mother was a reading specialist and my older brother was an academic genius. I was on fire … Continue reading

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