Eco-Jars to Ecosystems: Biology Students Connect Classroom Learning to FieldworkPosted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 11/2/2023
In an engaging blend of academic learning and hands-on experience, macro biology students from Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) ventured out of the traditional classroom setting and into the heart of the Boston School Forest. This immersive trip was not just a walk in the woods; it was a journey into the microscopic and macroscopic worlds that thrive in pond ecosystems.
Before embarking on their adventure, students have been preparing by simulating pond ecosystems in their classroom through the creation of Eco-Jars. These mini-ecosystems have been nurtured and observed over several weeks, offering a baseline for understanding complex biological interactions.
Once at the Boston School Forest, students were set to perform a series of scientific tests on the pond, evaluating key indicators of aquatic health such as pH, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen.
Armed with probes and test kits, the young biologists began their investigation. With careful precision, they measured temperature and light compensation levels, along with pH, temperature and nitrate levels.. Every reading was recorded, every observation noted.
Back on dry land, the students used microscopes to see the diversity in a sample of pond water. Comparing these microorganisms to those found in their classroom Eco-Jars brought the lesson full circle. They marveled at the similarities and differences, sparking discussions on ecological balance and biodiversity.
With their field data and observations in hand, students set out to create comprehensive Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning (CER) statements, delving into the complex task of correlating their findings with their Eco-Jars, discerning the degrees to which their simulations matched the natural pond environment.
The hands-on experience cemented their understanding of ecological principles, as they considered the intricate web of life they had been part of that day. As they continue to compare and analyze their findings, our students are not just learning about science; they are learning to think like scientists.
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Nimo Patel and Howard Glasser Visit Enhances Student Connection and LearningPosted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 11/2/2023
Elementary Schools in the Stevens Point Area Public School District have the privilege of hosting a truly exceptional event that not only touched the hearts of our students but also enriched their learning experiences. Musician and humanitarian, Nimo Patel, along with the creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach®, Howard Glasser, began visiting our schools November 1st and will continue through November 3rd, 2023.
Nimo Patel: Connecting Music and Education
Nimo Patel's journey from an MTV rap star to a messenger of love and kindness resonates deeply with our shared educational values. While his music career was once focused on the mainstream, Nimo's shift towards serving impoverished children in India was a pivotal moment. Through his work, he discovered that music could be a powerful tool to express and nurture the humanity we all share.
Inspiring Academics through Kindness
Nimo challenged our students to perform 21 days of kind acts before his visit. This challenge was not only about fostering kindness but also about developing positive habits that can benefit their academic success. As research has shown, kindness can enhance the learning environment and improve students' focus, teamwork, and overall well-being.
Individual, Classroom & Group Visits that Support Learning
Nimo's interactions with individual students, classrooms, and groups that held leadership or service roles within our schools had an academic dimension as well. He listened to their stories and affirmed their efforts, helping them realize the connection between their roles and academic success. These sessions empowered students and encouraged them to excel not only academically but also as compassionate individuals.
Evening Community Program: Extending Academic Opportunities
Nimo's visit will extend beyond the school day to encompass our entire community. The evening program on November 2nd at Plover-Whiting Elementary will allow families to share in the message of love and kindness. Additionally, Howard Glasser, the creator of The Nurtured Heart Approach, presented valuable insights to parents, further enriching the academic and emotional support our students receive.
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