Middle and High School Instructional Materials

 

BANR middle and high school lead teachers in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming are drawing on their own curricular frameworks and BANR teacher professional development to conduct “teaching experiments” with their students during the 2014-2015 school year.

Teaching experiments will include the following components:

  • Development of learning goals aligned with curricular standards and addressing bioenergy topics (using three lenses):

    • Forest ecology, with focus on woody biomass production and the mountain pine beetle

    • Atomic-molecular scale carbon transforming processes

    • Biofuels production from woody biomass in the Rockies

  • Development and testing of activities including field trips, field and lab research and experiments, and ecological and socioeconomic investigations

  • Development and testing of assessments of student understanding of bioenergy concepts

  • Compilation of resources related to instruction about bioenergy in the Rocky Mountain region

BANR lead teachers and education team personnel will use this year’s teaching experiments as the basis for developing pilot curricular materials by end of summer 2015. The BANR lead teachers will then pilot test the curriculum materials during the 2015-2016 school year.

BANR middle and high school activities in the 2015-2016 school year will include pre and post testing of students, and other classroom data collection, which will be used to evaluate the effectiveness and usefulness of the pilot materials.

During summer 2016, revised curricular materials will be disseminated to interested teachers in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming through summer teacher workshops. BANR lead teachers and education team personnel will provide professional support to teachers who use the curricular materials in middle and high school classrooms during the 2016-2017 school year.

Curricular materials developed by the BANR project will be made available on the BANR website.

For further information about BANR middle and high school instructional materials, please contact Beth Covitt at Beth.Covitt@umontana.edu

 

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