2009 Summer Teacher Workshop
Mercury in the Environment
• lectures on the chemistry and biological consequences of mercury in the environment
• problem sessions with activities to accompany lessons on mercury
• individual meetings between teachers and the EMSI instructors to refine lesson plans
• group discussions and presentations of lesson plans by teachers
• training on science language pedagogy
• presentation of learning outcomes and science discourse by a Stanford Science Education Professor
• a field trip to the largest mercury mine in North America coupled with water chemistry measurements
• demonstration of sample characterization in Stanford environmental chemistry labs.
What have teachers said about this workshop?
Flyer for 2009 Workshop
Who: High School Science Teachers
Where: Stanford University
When: July 21-24, 2009, 9 am - 4 pm
Stipend: $400 plus $400 after classroom lesson presentation
How: Applications were due on May 15. The workshop is full. No late applications accepted.
Commitment: Develop a lesson and teach the lesson in your classroom during the 2009-10 year.
Credit: 2 units for $75 from Stanford Continuing Education
The most valuable aspects of the workshop were . . .
- Modeling of ways to teach certain things
- First hand information gained from scientists
- Being able to plan lessons with scientists
- Having the scientist present to ask them questions
- Working with other teachers in subject area
- Learning the science of mercury contamination
- Working with other teachers on how to scaffold for students
The most relevant parts of the workshop for my classroom were . . .
- Chemistry behind pollution, causes and effects
- Bioaccumulation, health, environmental impacts of mercury, microorganisms, microscopes
- Learning and sharing with teachers
- Personal experience of workshop. More confidence in teaching.
- Making the subject matter real and important enough to pursue
- Breakdown of the science