As an added bonus I had a chance to join #TeamDirt (the group developing lesson plans based around dandelions and soil microbes) and #TeamPaleo (think fossilized shark tooth crime solving) out in the field. What a wonderful way to get to know the teacher-scientists and their scientist mentors!
Additionally, each Friday we meet as a group and have an extended lunch with the teacher-scientists and our partners in Students Discover. Last week Rob reflected with a powerful email to everyone in the group (which I shared with you in last week’s wrap-up). This week’s lunch provided a moment for reflection and inspiration — some things I overheard at the lunch were so inspiring that I had to write them down and share them with the world. Hear what our incredible teacher-scientists had to say about their experiences working in the labs so far:
“We are in museum Nirvana.”
“It’s great to see how easy it is for the different parts of the research to fit into the educational standards… From Next Generation Science Standards to math to Common Core to social studies…”
“Being a part of a team makes it so much easier to ask questions because you don’t feel like you’re alone … and we complement each other; each person has their strengths.”
“We were all looking forward to an authentic scientific experience, because most of us are teachers first — we teach science but we don’t necessarily have that formal science background — and I’ve really enjoyed doing the hands-on science with the scientists here.”
“It’s motivation for me to do more hands-on authentic science