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Summer Programs for Teachers

Explore the list below to learn more about participating in our upcoming on-site professional learning opportunities for Pre-K-12 teachers.

2019-2020 Professional Learning Opportunities

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Chancellor’s Day 2020: NYC Professional Learning Day for Teachers

Join us on Chancellor’s Day to strengthen your ability to use the Museum to teach science.

 

Breakout sessions will focus on topics that utilize digital, print, and exhibition resources to connect with the science curriculum in ways that are engaging for students. Museum educators will engage teachers in learning how to use these resources to support student learning. Teachers will receive copies of Educator’s Guide for the Museum exhibits they use during the day as well as digital and print resources.

 

Agenda

8:30-9:00 a.m.     Check-in and Breakfast

9:00-12:30 p.m.    Breakout Sessions

12:30-1:15 p.m.     Lunch 

1:15-2:15 p.m.       Scientist Lecture:
                             “What can corals reveal about how our oceans
                              have changed over time?”
                              Dr. Nathalie Goodkin
                              Assistant Curator, Department of
                              Earth and Planetary Sciences,
                              Division of Physical Sciences

2:15-3:00 p.m.        Free exploration of the Museum

 

Participants will receive 4.5 CTLE hours

 

Pre-K and Elementary Offerings 

Discoveries with Dioramas: Using Careful Observation to Uncover Science Core Ideas with Pre-K to 2nd grade
In this session, participants will investigate some of the Museum’s most iconic dioramas while considering how young children may observe these dioramas, play out their stories, and come to new understandings about animals and ecosystems. A class visit doesn’t need to involve seeing the whole museum – select dioramas in a single hall can support sophisticated understandings in young children. These skills can be transferred to local parks, playgrounds, and backyards. Look through the windows of the dioramas of AMNH and see what you discover! Grade PK-2

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Teaching Metacognition as an Explicit Skill
Teaching metacognition is an explicitly facilitated ongoing process that provides students continued practice with multiple strategies to analyze their mental events with the end goal being to ensure that learners take an active role in learning how they learn in order to learn. What does this mean, and why does it matter? Join us for an exciting session where we will refine our understanding of metacognition, explore what it looks like in classroom practice, and consider the role that it plays in the context of the New York State Science Learning Standards and the NYC Scope and Sequence. Grades 3-5

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Planning a Customized Museum Learning Experience
In this session, participants will learn about how AMNH exhibit content topics can be adapted for the needs of their students. Teaching Volunteers will demonstrate customizable tours that participating teachers can sign up for next school year. Participants will also explore the Museum’s resources to use in their classrooms, and will have the opportunity to learn more about how to plan an effective field trip to the Museum.
Grades 3-5

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Using the Museum to Support Social Emotional Learning
In this session, teachers will engage in Museum activities to support understanding of the NYS Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks. This session is geared for novice teachers who are interested in deepening their practice of creating inclusive school environment for the fall semester. Grades K-12

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Middle and High School Offerings

Analyze and Interpret Data to Investigate How Blue Whales, the Largest Animal to Ever Live, Survive
During this session, we will use curriculum materials designed to facilitate student exploration of data on blue whale feeding behavior. Blue whales are the largest animals that have ever lived. They live by eating massive amounts of small shrimp called krill. Participants will use a set of essays and videos to follow the work of scientists from Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey, California. A web-based graphing tool gives students the ability to analyze and interpret blue whale dive data to look for patterns that can help us understand how an organism so large can survive by eating something so small. Grades 6-12

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Investigating Coral Bleaching using Real Data
Coral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. The livelihood of 1 in 15 people depends on them. However, corals are also the canary in the coal mine. Half of coral reefs have been lost in the past three decades. In this session, teachers will use real data to investigate the consequences of rising sea surface temperature on coral reefs. Grades 6-12

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Investigating Ocean-Climate Connections by Constructing a Model and Exploring the Museum’s Climate Wall
Participants will develop a climate model that incorporates the major climate forming factors, including Earth’s surface waters and ocean currents. We will explore using a climate-related probe as a diagnostic assessment, and we’ll explore climate change through a trip to the Climate Wall in the Hall of Planet Earth. Grades 6-12

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Using the Museum to Support Social Emotional Learning
In this session, teachers will engage in Museum activities to support understanding of the NYS Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks. This session is geared for novice teachers who are interested in deepening their practice of creating inclusive school environment for the fall semester. Grades K-12

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Chancellor's Day Professional Learning Flier

 

This program is made possible by OceanX,
an initiative of the Dalio Foundation,
as part of its generous support of the special exhibition
Unseen Oceans and its related educational activities.

Cost: $35 per participant includes continental breakfast, lunch and Museum resources.

Registration Open

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Grade Level:
Educator

Dates & Times:
June 4, 2020
9:00am-3:00pm

Educator

June 4, 2020

9:00am-3:00pm