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Teaching Phenomenally (SD Discovery Center)

SD Discovery Center Professional Learning Opportunities

Add hands-on, phenomena driven teaching to your classroom!

Join the SD Discovery Center the last Monday of Oct-April (not December) for a two-hour professional development course on using phenomena in your science teaching that will excite your students and lead them into exploration and discovery.

Use experiences such as water and surface temperature to draw your students into not just learning about but actually doing science. Connect with South Dakota researchers and bring their research into your classroom. Learn how to find the phenomena in GEMS kits.

Bonus! Get additional content from National Geographic and learn how to become a National Geographic Certified Educator.

One credit is for attending all sessions plus completing a practicum of planning, teaching and reflecting on a phenomena based activity by the end of the class.

Session Topics:

  • Oct 29 – Introduction to Phenomena and Nat Geo Certified Educator
  • Nov 26 – Water Transparency – . What does water transparency tell us about erosion, geology, geography and human impacts?
  • Jan 28, 2019 – Air Pollution and Brain Disease –  How do particulates found in air pollution affect cells and living organisms?
  • Feb 25, 2019 – Surface Temperature. What is surface temperature? How does it relate to our climate?
  • Mar 25, 2019 – Engineered Bones. How does our body heal bone injuries and how can we help bones repair themselves?
  • Apr 29, 2019  – Soil. What is soil? How is it made? Why does it matter to us?
  • By May 20, 2019 -Practicum. Prepare, teach, and reflect upon a phenomena based lesson.