Educators Learn New Ways To Teach SciencePosted: Updated:
It was all about touching, feeling and collecting data. The teachers studied trees on the St. Lawrence University campus and more out in the woods.
They did team building projects.
The goal? To give teachers new ways of teaching science to carry back to their schools.
“We hope that first they are able to use some of these tools to get their kids outside and use some of the natural space we have in the north country as a teaching tool,” said Emlyn Crocker, Nature Up North project manager.
Teachers say getting kids out into the woods is a great way to get them excited about science. But that enthusiasm also carries over once they get back into the classroom.
“Oh yeah, much more animated and way more awake than they were before. Oh sure, yes, definitely,” said Jodi LaGarry, Massena Central science teacher.
The two-day summer course is a project of St. Lawrence University's Nature Up North Program.
It also includes classroom instruction on how to use the latest high-tech cameras and gizmos. But the outdoors are the star of the show.