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Designing Investigative Laboratories

Witters, Jeffrey [1].

Trees in Teaching: Versatile Tools for Learning.

The best teaching tools are the ones with the broadest possible uses. Tools that allow the students to do learning outside of the classroom and the usual box of logical/linguistic learning styles are even better. Trees offer the creative educator a deep well of possibilities to draw upon, from basic teaching on plant function all the way to complex long-term cross-curricular investigations. I will present information, techniques and strategies for how to develop and use powerful teaching and learning tools from your local resources that require only imagination and a willingness to get out and do some looking, even if you work with a small budget. I have taught middle school through college students from local materials in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions, using many of the methods presented. We will take time to examine some model materials, and then to brainstorm, share, and critique ideas for how we can apply these tools in our local situations. You will leave this session inspired and actually prepared to get to work on your plans when you arrive home.


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1 - Southern Illinois University, Department of Plant Biology, 1125 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, Illinois, 62901-6509, USA

Keywords:
trees
cross-curricular investigation
local materials
science teaching
learning styles.

Presentation Type: Education Forum Session:Informational Session
Session: F2002
Location: Stevens 3/Hilton
Date: Saturday, July 7th, 2007
Time: 2:00 PM
Number: F2002001
Abstract ID:604


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