My background is in wildlife ecology and conservation biology. My first teaching position was at a progressive, experiential, project-based high school in St. Paul. I worked there for nine years, and recently decided to take a sabbatical to stay home with my own children. The school operated on an advisory system, so the bulk of my experiences - and therefore the bulk of my lessons - are advisory focused. The students earned their credit through independent projects and daily seminars. Although my background is in ecology, I was responsible for ensuring that my advisees learned every standard and benchmark, so I ended up teaching far more than bio. The nature of the school allowed for a lot of flexibility. We were encouraged to try new lessons and experiences with our students, which resulted in a lot of trial and error and a lot of reinventing the wheel. The end-product was A LOT of curriculum design. I created lessons, but also designed entire courses, some science, some not. In time I will get those added to my store. I was also heavily involved in our school's travel program. I designed courses that incorporated student travel. I had a lot of freedom to be creative, and because we are an experiential high school, my strengths are in experiential, project-based, community based education. Those are the types of lessons and activities you will find in my store.
Experiential, inquiry based, project based, cooperative learning, community based, travel based
Alternative Education Teacher of the Year 2013 (from Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs - MAAP)
B.S. Ecology and Environmental Science (Minnesota State University) 9-12 Life Science Licensure (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) M.Ed Life Science (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
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