*OPENING IN 2021*
Be Curious Community is an ongoing support program for classroom teachers, science educators in non-traditional settings, and homeschooling parents. Each month, members receive printable resources and training to guide their learners to discovery of fundamental science concepts through focused investigations into relevant, real-world happenings (also known as phenomena). Includes detailed lesson plans to facilitate exploration and discovery, as well as suggestions for ways to extend the learning based on student interests and abilities. Embrace a new science vision in a fully-supported environment by taking advantage of coaching calls, a private digital community, on-demand workshops, and printable resources.
OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT
Collaborate 1:1 Planning Partnerships were designed for the educator seeking a real person to guide their learning journey. Making the shift to phenomenon-focused instruction built on exploration and discovery isn’t easy, and it’s even harder when you’re trying to do it alone. Through the term of enrollment, includes private collaborative planning sessions to develop your instructional plans, access to available live workshops and workshop recordings, and complimentary access to all Be Curious resources. Choose a plan that meets your needs: Turtle or Hare.
ACCEPTING PROGRAM REQUESTS
Do you have a group of science educators ready to take their teaching to the next level? Let’s work together to customize a program just right for their needs. Engaging learners with authentic phenomena? Understanding the foundations of guiding exploration and discovery? Developing student-driven instructional sequences? Crafting assessments to evaluate student progress and learning? My School and District Programs are designed to meet your needs.
NEXT DATE: TBD
We are teaching in a system that was designed for a different century. We are preparing our students for a new economy with methodology developed in an old one. For the last hundred years, we have been “teaching as telling” — through lecture and notes, texts, videos — and focusing on “facts and figures.” And the outcome? We’ve killed curiosity and stifled critical thinking. It is time for change, and it can start with you. In this 60-minute workshop, we will explore what we can do to cultivate curiosity, wonder, and questioning in our classrooms; discuss how we can redefine our roles as educators and shift ownership to where it belongs (our learners!); and identify our first steps to reimagine science class for the modern world. Our learners deserve it.
NEXT DATE: TBD
Our education system relies heavily on tricks, penalties, and extrinsic rewards to motivate learners, despite a broad acknowledgement of the power of intrinsic motivation. When our learners want to learn, learning (and teaching!) becomes the natural drive it was always meant to be. Understanding what drives authentic engagement and using it to foster intrinsic motivation is no more difficult than understanding how our brains work and how we can put that knowledge to work in our instruction. In this 60-minute workshop, we will break down the foundations of all authentic instruction, how to frame learning so that students want to work, and what you can do to ensure long-lasting motivation and drive. This is the key to fostering buy-in and shifting ownership in your classroom from you as the educator to your student as the learner. Includes a printable workbook.
December 5 & 12 — 2PM EST (11AM PST)
This workshop – more like a guided working session – will give you the basics you need to put together instructional sequences that bring three-dimensional learning to life for your students right now. Walk away with a completed simple storyline — a lesson sequence designed for roughly 3-5 days of instruction — and the know-how to replicate the process quickly and easily. Delivered through two 90-minute sessions. Includes a printable workbook and supplementary resources.