|Course Number:||EDU 5627 C14|
|Instructor:||Dr. Elizabeth Sherman and Christine Ferris-Hubbard|
|Location:||Bennington College & Merck Forest and Farmland Center|
|Dates and Times:||June 26-30, 2017 8 am -4 pm and additional half day* (July 1, 2017 or September 9, 2017) *individual choice|
Note: Please register directly with Christine Ferris-Hubbard, Education Director at Merck Forest & Farmland Center via email or phone at (802) 394-7836. Christine Ferris-Hubbard will give you the link to Castleton's online registration. Tuition should be made payable to Merck.
Days 1 & 2 of the course will be instructed by Dr. Elizabeth Sherman at Bennington College. The extraordinary diversity of life on the planet has captured the attention of scientists and non-scientists alike for centuries. In this class we will try to make sense of the diversity by describing and organizing it, measuring it, and experimenting with it. While the diversity of life on this planet is always changing, the rate of that change has accelerated in the last two centuries due to one species: humans. How we make decisions about the diversity of life on earth has incalculable consequences for the generations to come.
Days 3-5 will be led by Christine Ferris-Hubbard, Education Director, at Merck Forest and Farmland Center (MFFC). Participants will focus on the use of NGSS science practices in lessons for grades 5-8 students relating to decomposition and cycling of matter, biodiversity, availability of resources, and native/non-native species. These lessons have been used successfully with students from local schools for the past two years. The field experiences at MFFC will enable teachers to duplicate the NGSS work with their students. **Cabin available (no charge) for overnight stay.**
We will use different field sites at Bennington College campus and MFFC (e.g. meadow, pond, forest), as our laboratories to engage the following questions:
The unifying conceptual themes of the course align with the following NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Systems and System Models, Energy and Matter, Stability and Change, Scale Proportion and Quantity, Cause and Effect, and Patterns.
The NGSS Science and Engineering Practices used: make observations, collect and analyze data to use as evidence to answer questions, develop and use models, and represent data in diagrams/maps, tables and graphs.
Participants will design a storyline of learning experiences (using an assigned template) that helps students to develop these “big ideas” related to ecosystems.