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Issue 17, Spring 2017


An Edu-Nerd’s Heaven,
   Celeste Kirsh
Thou Talk’st of Nothing,
   Jen McConnel and Erin Zamborsky
What Does It Take To Teach For Deeper Learning And Equity?,
   Meg Riordan and Emily Klein
Why Dewey Needs Freire,
   Sarah Fine
Building Empathy Through Action,
   Ariana Campos
Deconstructing Myths And Clarifying Truths,
   Rachel Otty
Educational Video Games And Transdisciplinary Problem-Based Learning,
   Heather McCreery-Kellert and Sheli O. Smith


Cards:

1: Call Sign: Courage
2: Destruction and Restoration: A History of Sausal Creek
3: Give Me Shelter
4: Here Now, Gone Tomorrow
5: Living North County
6: Matter That Matters
7: One Drop at a Time
8: Wise Kids Traditions
9: Plant and Insect Life Cycles
10: Design Challenge: Beekeeping in Doha, Qatar


Destruction and Restoration:
A History of Sausal Creek

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Fourth and Fifth grade students at ASCEND learned about the fragility of a local urban watershed and considered how human activities can be both destructive and restorative. This expedition drew content from science and history and learning was expressed mainly through art and writing. As a culminating task, student docents led families and other community members on a tour of the visible products of their learning. These included botanical drawings and research writing highlighting native plants found in the Sausal Creek watershed. Students reflected on their role as community members and have seen how real world problems are solved through collaboration, perseverance, and compassion.

Teacher Reflection We realized that all the smaller process steps along the way to publishing the field guide were also essential products for students to use as launching points for their docent tours during our exposition of student learning. Aside from the final art and research for the field guide, students presented writing, reflections, and art from field trips and classroom activities. Additionally, we were pleased that students had the opportunity to educate the local community on the delicate nature of human impact on our natural environments. Students and the school community benefited by becoming advocates for responsible choices and stewardship of the environment. Ultimately, they learned that their voices truly matter and can make a difference.

Student Reflections Everybody that saw my work was very surprised that someone as young as me had so much stuff to show and that made me realize that all of my hard work really paid off. —Dyana

I learned that people can make change for good. For example, Friends of Sausal Creek are trying to grow native plants and plant them back in Sausal Creek. —Jaime

To learn more visit efcps.org/our-schools/ascend/