FIRST HAND LEARNING E-NEWSLETTER

Vol. 3, No. 3

IN THIS ISSUE:

1. PRESENTING “OUTDOOR INQURIES” – THE BOOK!

2. AN NSTA CONFERENCE RECAP

3. SEARCHING FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THIS SUMMER?

1. NEW FROM FIRST HAND LEARNING

Much has been written and discussed lately about the need to get children outside. Many people are becoming concerned about the consequences of raising a generation who suffer from “nature deficit disorder” – a term coined by Richard Louv in his recent, influential book “Last Child in the Woods.”

As educators, we have a responsibility to think about how to foster meaningful connections to the natural world for our students. But it can seem a challenge to envision how to get outside while still fulfilling curricular demands.

A “natural” place to start would seem to be with science. With the goal to getting kids outside and exploring their environment, First Hand Learning developed a toolkit for outdoor investigations and accompanying professional development to help teachers take that step. And now we have refined our thoughts and put them in a book, newly available from Heinemann Publishing.

We are proud to announce the publication of OUTDOOR INQUIRIES: TAKING SCIENCE INVESTIGATIONS OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM, a practical guide for teachers keen to see their students develop scientific thinking skills by gathering and analyzing data about the real world around them.

Find out more about OUTDOOR INQUIRIES. Go to http://www.firsthandlearning.org/outdoor_inquiries_book.html

Read a sample chapter and purchase a copy at a discount from the publisher: http://books.heinemann.com/products/E01120.aspx

Get a FREE COPY of OUTDOOR INQUIRIES when you order a classroom set of 30 FHL FIELD JOURNALS! Find out how:

http://www.firsthandlearning.org/catalog/catalog_frameset_intro.html

2. A FIELD GUIDE TO SCIENCE AND LITERACY

Participants attending FHL’s Professional Development Institute (PDI) enjoyed glorious spring weather at the Missouri Botanical Garden during this year’s NSTA national conference held in St. Louis. The garden’s collections provided a stunning setting in which to spend a day investigating the connections between science inquiry and literacy.

Learn more about the day’s events: http://www.firsthandlearning.org/nsta_07_recap.html

The NSTA featured our PDI in a post-conference newsletter. The article also highlights some of the FHL-sponsored pathway sessions that were offered during the conference to allow conference attendees opportunities to continue to focus on integrating science and literacy. To read the story, go to: http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=53681

3. OPPORTUNITIES FOR FIRSTHAND LEARNING

Spring has finally arrived and it won’t be long now before the school year ends. But that doesn’t mean the learning stops. In fact, summer is a key time for many districts to support the continuing education of its teachers by offering summer-time workshops and institutes. If you are a teacher-leader or administrator, consider including firsthand learning experiences in your summer professional development plans. FHL has developed a range of PD experiences and can tailor workshops to fit your specific needs and interests. Email us at inquiries@firsthandlearning.org if you’d like to discuss the possibilities.

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