It’s Time for Science—outdoors! At the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference in Atlanta, host Tom Racine interviewed two amazing educators about the importance of going outside when you teach.
Autumn Rivera, the 2022 Colorado Teacher of the Year and a Finalist for National Teacher of the Year, discusses the importance of taking kids outside and on day trips to local areas. She talks about the power of science to integrate disciplines across the school and how to work with other curriculum areas. We also chat about teacher burnout and strategies to help both teachers and students recover after the pandemic.
Then it’s Andrea Burrows’ turn! Ms. Burrows is an award-winning science teacher in Santa Clara, California, with many years of classroom experience. She talks about focusing on exploring the outdoors of your local area to give students a real-life context of how science affects us all. She also touches on how garden programs in schools can be impactful, as well as the importance of teacher leadership and connecting with other teachers across all disciplines.
Game Review with David Lippman
Finally, producer David Lippman reviews the game Photosynthesis from Blue Orange Games.
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