This course on simple sustainability with students offers K-8 science and classroom teachers the unique opportunity to delve deeper into global environmental issues on a local level. Situated within the setting of a sustainable hydroponic greenhouse, this course on water, waste and energy allows teachers to learn more about current environmental concerns through a blend of technology, discussion, and hands-on projects. In addition, guest speakers, informative tours, videos and educational games offer a holistic approach to learning. The key texts include photocopied articles organized in a binder, as well as access to all powerpoint documents and website links via the course webpage found at
With a focus on the Danielson Competency 3c, Engaging Students in Learning, teachers will learn effective ways to motivate and maintain the interest of students with special needs and students who are learning English as a second language, as well as inspire general education and gifted students. Teachers will create two lesson plans with rubrics to make students accountable for their work. Participants will critique each other's lessons in order to maximize rigor. After keeping track of their own progress through the reflection of learning goals, journal entries, and a science notebook, teachers will synthesize this information while they have students design goals in the classroom. Teachers will implement a project into their own classrooms, record assessments, and share with the other participants in the course.
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