Elementary school teachers are powerful! They can turn children on or off to science. How?
- make it relevant… or irrelevant;
- role model science as interesting… or boring;
- teach comprehension… or competence for a test;
- teach OUTSIDE… or straight from a book.
By the end of an ESE in-service, virtually all teacher participants have felt the JOY of going outside to recognize PATTERNS, such as patterns of:
- materials, and
When a student can see patterns, that student can be a scientist. Curiosity about patterns can lead students toward content, specifically,
- Earth materials,
- the role of water on Earth’s surface, and
- how our spectacular geology came to be.
Earth science is more than jargon or a set of facts but a way of asking questions and analyzing the world around us. Earth Science Education makes a difference one-on-one and with groups of teachers. We have virtually no overhead, meaning, no office, no development staff, and no classroom other than the great outdoors. How fortunate for us that vistas from virtually every schoolyard along the Wasatch Front provide opportunities to see diverse rock types and evidence of Earth processes! Donors and volunteers make our programs successful. We are so grateful.