Welcome to the NEOSEC project Get WET in New England: Ocean Literacy Through Watershed Education and Training
Several NEOSEC members are taking part in this collaborative project, including New England Aquarium. Program participants are keeping a blog of their activities during the workshop – follow along!
The New England Aquarium 2010 workshop
Day 1 – July 15, 2010
The first day of the Meaningful Watershed Education Experience was full of activities and meeting new faces. The 11 participants represented a diverse group of teachers from the north shore to the south shore and every where in between. Many came to the course with the hope of learning more about using hands-on activities in the classroom, others wanted to understand local ecosystems better and still others wanted to get a better handle on issues related to climate change. Here are a few reflections from the group on each of these areas.
Sarah Ahearn – 6th grade in Quincy, MA “David Sobel’s article, “Beyond Ecophobia,” urges us to recognize a more global importance for these field experiences. I try to impress upon my young sixth graders the impact one person can make in this world, albeit a fruitless feat for some of them in terms of their readiness! Sobel brings up an excellent point when he lists the various organizations we encourage our youth to support, without ever giving them a personal experience to make it meaningful, thus allowing them to internalize the importance of their environment. This field experience will provide a path for my students to find meaning in their environment so that they will internalize the importance of their environment, starting in their own back yard.”
Bryan Hancock – 8th grade in Bedford, MA “The visit to the local dock was also something that I would like to incorporate into my classroom instruction. As well as having a beach within walking distance there is also numerous docks similar to the one used in today’s field experience. I think having my students complete some of the activities done on the dock would be invaluable. I think that the one that I would feel the most comfortable integrating was having the students walk down to the docks and measure the water level. This information can later be used to spark inquiry on the topic of tides. The oxygenation water test was interesting but the cost of the kit might slow me in implementing this portion. In previous lessons I’ve had students collect water samples and examine them to see if they can find any living organism. This has been only slightly successful. Today I learned of a way to build my own phytoplankton skimmer. This simple tool will help increase the likelihood of my students finding something that they can later identify.”
Michael Imhoff – 10th – 12th grade in Quincy, MA “My classroom is already located in an ideal place to study marine environments. We are located under a ten minute walk from Black’s Creek, an estuary connected to Quincy Bay. Not to mention plenty of sandy beaches. I hope to turn what I learn from the remaining two days of this course into exciting explorations that I can undergo with my marine course this fall.”