Participants will learn a wide range of developmentally-appropriate, inquiry-oriented teaching methods for the field, laboratory, and classroom, by using the assessment of the health of the forest as a learning context. Activities for 5-8th grade students will be presented on detecting, quantifying, monitoring and mapping a range of forest conditions. The activities are designed to allow students to learn the process of science through asking (and answering) self-generated questions. In addition, ways to motivate students to engage in inquiry-based learning will be discussed.

Workshop leaders are:

Eleanor Abrams, UNH Education Department
Michael Middleton, UNH Education Department
Martha Carlson, UNH Institute of the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space

Dates: August 16 & 17, 2012

Time: 9:00 – 4:00

Location: NCES, Gorham, NH

Cost: Free for teachers holding a valid NH Educator Certification for upper elementary and middle school levels.

Stipend: $150 stipend awarded to teachers who successfully complete the course and the course assignments.

Number of seats: 10 seats, subject to eligibility approval