|Course Description: This course on simple sustainability with students offers preK-8th grade 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 and social justice 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 about real world environmental problems and how they affect different cultures, especially in terms of environmental racism. The key texts include articles from diverse sources, organized in a binder, as well as access to all Powerpoint documents and website links via the course webpage found at http://nysunworks.org/education/learning-center/ as well as https://sites.google.com/ps333.org/wastewaterenergy/home 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. This course will offer teachers the tools to design curriculum with equity for all, especially to those students who are historically underserved. 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 and include critically conscious concepts. 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 that will instill a sense of inclusiveness and a sense of respect for others. Teachers will implement a project into their own classrooms, record assessments, and share with the other participants in the course. Course meets 6 Saturdays From October 17, 2020 to December 5, 2020.Predominantly remote, with one session to meet in Central Park.
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