|Course Number:||EDU 5627 C05|
|Instructor:||Alison Thomas & Corey Hart|
In-person class on Saturday, April 13 from 8:30-3:30 at the Fish & Wildlife Department Essex Regional Office, 111 West Street, Essex Junction, VT. The course continues in an independent format with two clinic requirements-dates to be chosen by the students.
|Dates and Times:||
April 13- November 30, 2019.
|Credits:||1 Graduate Credit|
Note: Course payment is due and payable to the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Participants will become certified in Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Let’s Go Fishing (LGF) Curriculum. The course highlights how to bring aquatic education into the classroom while focusing on topics such as aquatic ecology, fisheries management, fish identification and biology, angling equipment, and regulations. The material taught is appropriate for all age levels and can easily be used to address many academic disciplines in an interdisciplinary, active format. Participants will be required to pass a background check conducted by a Fish & Wildlife Game Warden to complete the certification process.
Audience: Formal and non-formal educators
Perspectives from Educators:
Mark Raishart, Stafford Technical Center
We have participated in the Let’s Go Fishing Program with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife several years in a row in different seasons with different lessons. It has been a great opportunity for students ages 15-18 to learn about advanced environmental science concepts through an engaging hands-on activity that many Vermont youth can relate to. LGF provides a rich backdrop for discussions on Vermont water quality, aquatic habitat, anatomy, species identification, life cycles, geography, population dynamics and Fish and Wildlife Regulations. I will continue to utilize the LGF program as a vital component of our environmental science curriculum.
Donna Ewald, Physical education teacher at Windsor Schools
Why have Let’s Go Fishing as a part of your curriculum in your school’s physical education program or regular classroom?
I decided to go to a Let’s Go Fishing class 15 years ago since our school was right across from Lake Runnamede in Windsor. The students in my PE classes loved our unit on hiking on the trails and I thought why not use more of our resources and since then we have our 4th grade take part in the Let’s Go Fishing curriculum created by the Vermont Department Fish and Wildlife.
Each spring I order equipment that includes pamphlets, fishing laws, fishing resources and poles, lure making equipment and backyard bass. I spend 4 classes teaching ethics of fishing, we take a fishing quiz to learn how to use our resources…
The students do an activity that teaches them about predators, dams on the river, hydro-power and fish ladders. This is an actual physical game that keeps them moving for over 30 minutes.
After this learning process (we work on PE national standards), we are ready to learn to cast using rubber weights and backyard bass. The students spend 45 minutes working on this skill on our fields. Then onto the lake where parents, grandparents and volunteers help the whole 4th grade go “fishing!” Our classroom teachers come with us for the morning and I usually have at least one volunteer or parent for each 3 to 4 students. Fishing, how to put bait on, take fish off, return fish to lake, identify fish, and enjoy the bonds made with the volunteers, grandparents and teachers all making this a day to remember and hope to see the students with a fishing pole over their shoulders, walking to the lakes, all summer long.
Let’s Go Fishing is now a part of our 4th grade physical education curriculum but could easily fit into a classroom curriculum working together with the PE teacher and creating a field trip to a local lake or pond for the final day. It’s amazing to see the wonderful connection made, especially with grandparents and parents with the students that day. Our folks love to share their knowledge and our students eat this up. Keeping this sport alive through generations is key to our Vermont heritage.
Evaluation: The course instructors will monitor and record the successful completion of the New Instructor Training Course, background check, assistantship period, and planning and implementation of a LGF clinic.
Costs, if any, for the required readings are not included in the course tuition.