BAESI teacher workshops
Teachers are dedicated. Recently, some very dedicated elementary, middle and high school teachers from throughout the Bay Area spent their Saturday attending the first part of the 2 day BAESI professional development workshop put on by San Jose State University professors Dr. Eugene Cordero (http://www.met.sjsu.edu/~cordero/) and Dr. Ellen Metzger (http://www.sjsu.edu/scied/faculty_staff/metzger/). The workshop was held to help teachers better understand and clarify the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as well as provide some design and engineering activity ideas for incorporating the new standards into their classrooms. Presentations included using interdisciplinary academic subject areas such as sustainability and climate change as a natural platform for integrating NGSS, as well as fun in class activities to illustrate the “Tragedy of the Commons,” and energy efficiency. The teachers spent the morning “fishing” for goldfish in a “plate lake” and measuring the energy output of a variety of lightbulbs, alarm clocks and hairdryers.
In the afternoon, Dr. Eugene Cordero introduced the Green Ninja Smart Energy contest to demonstrate an in class activity that incorporates engineering and design principles as well as critical thinking skills such as problem solving and data analysis. Learn more about the contest at http://greenninja.org/become-a-green-ninja/gnerp/ and read more about how the afternoon went in the next blog post!
The workshop concluded with some general discussion on analyzing the NGSS and introducing the new standards into teacher’s lesson plans. The second part of the workshop is set to take place on Saturday Oct. 25th. A special thanks to Dr. Eugene Cordero and Dr. Ellen Metzger for putting on this workshop and to all the devoted teachers for taking time out of their weekend to attend!
Thanks for reading…until next time,
-Kelly and the Green Ninja Team