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.

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

What have teachers said about this workshop?

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