|Course Number:||EDU 5627 C23|
|Instructor:||Chip Darmstadt, Ken Benton & Sean Beckett|
|Location:||North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, VT|
|Dates and Times:||July 29-August 2, 2019 all day. Final course assignment due August 16, 2019.|
Note:Please register directly with North Branch Nature Center (NBNC). Please notify NBNC if you wish to take the Castleton course. NBNC will then give you the link to Castleton's online registration form. All payments should be payable to NBNC and sent to NBNC at 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, VT 05658.
Essential Question: What does it mean to collaborate with the nature as a teaching partner?
The purpose of ECO Level 2 is to deepen our understanding of the natural landscape and how to fully utilize this knowledge when working with children. Participants will develop a foundation of natural history knowledge through immersive study of bird language, tree and plant identification, wild edible preparation, geology, and basic forest forensics. We will practice techniques for achieving a deeper level of inquiry and observation in nature while learning hands-on methods for embedding this knowledge into outdoor lessons. The routines that we build throughout the week are designed to deepen your class’s sense of place within the outdoor learning environment
During this course, we experience a week-long rhythm of place-based curriculum within which is the daily rhythm of the core routines and deep observation practices. This daily rhythm mirrors the experience of elementary students during a typical day of ECO. Participants will close the week envisioning integration of these methods and practices into their student’s experience. All lessons given to participants to use in their own classroom will be aligned to Vermont State Standards, Common Core and NGSS when applicable. Curriculum meets elementary standards-based objectives when lessons and units are practiced outdoors
It is expected that all course participants will fully engage in the practices demonstrated of executing a nature immersion program. The ECO Institute courses are held entirely outdoors and it is essential that all participants come prepared each day to be outdoors. A list of needed clothing and gear will be provided upon registration. Participants will complete their final course assignment by August 10th, 2018 and otherwise adhere to all current university guidelines regarding course policies.
Castleton charges the same tuition rate whether an individual enrolls for graduate credit or decides to audit. The University registers all individuals accordingly and will produce online grade reports confirming their final grades and course participation.
Costs for required texts, if any, are not included in the course tuition.
This written document shall include:
The final project is based on an in depth vision and exploration of one topic. Students will choose one book from the Resources list to use as a reference on which to base their project. This book should be read in full and referred to in the project. Please list it in the bibliography alongside any other resources used for the final project.
For this project, we will look for answers to all of the questions outlined at the end of the syllabus. Then we will look for documents as well as explaining in writing who you need on board for the project.
First draft of projects:
The final project is due August 16th. A grade will be submitted online at the Castleton Portal by August 31st.