HAND LEARNING E-NEWSLETTER
Vol. 5, No. 1
IN THIS ISSUE:
PHILADELPHIA, HERE WE COME! – FHL @ NSTA 2010
SCHEDULE OF PDI PATHWAY EVENTS
1. FHL PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE IN PHILADELPHIA
Hear ye, hear ye!
Colleagues, friends, and former PDI-participants, First Hand Learning
is excited to be offering our day-long professional development institute
– Outdoor Learning: A Path to Science and Literacy – on Wednesday,
March 17th as part of the NSTA’s National Conference in Philadelphia.
We invite you to join us there.
Participants will practice naturalists’ techniques to record observations
and communicate findings, identify and use different genres of science
writing, and learn how to structure outdoor investigations to create on-going
and varied opportunities for firsthand learning that promote skill development.
The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia will provide the
natural surroundings for our investigations. Check out this great resource
To learn more about, and to register for, First Hand Learning’s
Professional Development Institute, visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/pdi/2010pdi04.aspx
2. NSTA PATHWAY SESSIONS
As PDI presenters, First Hand Learning has put together a selection of
presentations for NSTA that complement the focus of the PDI. If you will
be at the conference, please consider attending some of these great “pathway
sessions” – all held at the Philadelphia Marriot Hotel in
Consider the Evidence—Using Student Journals to Drive Instruction
Thursday 9:30 am
Presenter: Therese Arsenault
Daily journal assessment in middle school science classes provides direction
for science instruction. We'll analyze student journal entries, noticing
what students know about science process skills and content. We'll discuss
strategies for using journals to drive instruction.
Active Literacy Learning in Science
Thursday 12:30 pm
Presenter: E. Wendy Saul
Promote literacy by using trade books as exemplars and descriptive writing
as a source for reflection. Observation and critical thinking build here
from live experiences.
Nature Journals and Field Guides: Tools for Linking Science and
Thursday 3:30 pm
Presenter: Mark Baldwin
Learn how to link nature journals as tools to propel inquiry with making
field guides as tools to promote literacy.
Louisville is Engaging Children Outdoors (Louisville ECHO)
Friday 8:00 am
Presenter: Bennett Knox
Presentation and discussion of Metro Parks’ signature inquiry-based
environmental education initiative focused on urban 4th and 5th grade
students with multiple meaningful outdoor experiences.
Mapping the Schoolyard
Friday 9:30 am
Presenter: Patricia McGlashan
Learn how to evaluate the educational potential of a site by mapping its
resources, both natural and human made and by making cross-curricular
links to math, measurement, scaling, and drawing explicit.
Out Doors After School
Friday 12:30 pm
Presenter: William Rogers
Science Firsthand - Partners in Discovery is a project that gives urban
youth an adult mentor and time after school for exploring scientifically.
Local Knowledge—Addressing the gap between what students
already know and what gets taught
Friday 3:30 pm
Presenters: David Hartney, Leanne Avery
Discuss with colleagues your experiences and ideas to address the gap
between student conceptions of natural phenomena, based on their local
knowledge, and scientific descriptions presented in formal academic settings
3. FREE MINI-JOURNALS
Get your students to practice recording their observations of the world
around them with an assortment of fun, bite-sized activities. Use First
Hand Learning’s cool collection of miniature nature journals to
spark interest and practice skills. Download these diminutive notebooks
The First Hand Learning Catalog offers nature journals, hands-on science
kits, posters, and more. Go to http://www.firsthandlearning.org/catalog/catalog_frameset.html
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