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Teachers learn the science of bringing language arts into STEM
Teachers learn the science of bringing language arts into STEM
Posted on 10/03/2019
Teacher at CMU summer learning experienceSix Utica Community Schools were among  a group of educators chosen for an extensive learning experience that brings the sciences and language arts together.

The six teachers worked collaboratively at the CMU Biological Station to develop units that match state science and language arts standards. 

Carol Denovchek and Karen Forsyth from Bemis Junior High; Karyn McConachie from Eppler Junior High; Jennifer Marriott from Jeannette Junior High; Susan Clark and Amy Lesperance from Shelby Junior High participated in the week-long workshop in August, held at Beaver Island near Charlevoix, Michigan. 

"Having quality time to collaborate with colleagues in a beautiful island setting guided by skilled facilitators was priceless,” Forsyth said. “We are looking forward to bringing our interdisciplinary lesson on biodiversity and storytelling to our students this year. "     

Teachers studied ecosystems, technology and strategies for integrating reading, writing and critical thinking into the classroom. 

Teachers were chosen after applying to the institute last spring through an on-line process.  Ten Macomb County educators were eligible to attend at no cost, based on a generous donation from the Thomas R. and Iris B. Harrison Foundation and the NEA Foundation. 

The workshop allowed teachers from the same school to create a unit that will be used with students this school year. 

Eppler teachers Karyn McConachie and Jennifer Marriot created a unit that provides students greater understanding of charged and uncharged objects by creating videos, a presentation using Infographic software and a written assignment.

"My experience on Beaver Island gave me the opportunity to explore adding literacy to my science classroom in a way that helped to rejuvenate my passion for teaching,"    McConachie said. 

Teachers worked individually and in small groups, had field activities and learned strategies that use technology as a learning tool for students. 

"My experience on Beaver Island deepened my understanding of effectively using Inquiry in the classroom with literature," Denovchek said.