TESSE 2012


In the summer of 2012 I participated in the TESSE program (Transforming Earth System Science Education) at University of New Hampshire, Durham. The goals of this program were to:
  • implement a professional development program for current and future teachers that combines content with authentic research experience;
  • provide opportunities for university faculty and graduate students to partner with middle and high school teachers in order to develop inquiry-based curriculum models that promote an integrated approach to modern concepts in Earth Science;
  • support university faculty seeking to integrate teachers and their students into existing research groups;
  • produce a sustainable model for preparing Earth Science teachers that incorporates integrated, inquiry-based coursework and research experiences.
Over the course of two weeks, my cohort, made up of 13 teachers from the New England region, attended lectures, completed hands-on labs, ventured outside for several field research experiences and crafted curricular units to be taught to our students this next school year. Some of the lectures we attended included:
      • Landscape as a tool to interpret Earth processes
      • Tectonic and Geomorphic Evolution
      • Biological Interactions—vegetative niches
      • Dynamics of rivers—energy and particle transport
      • Land to Sea Transition and Estuarine Environments
Our field work included:
      • Local streams and woodland observations
      • Geomorphic Evidence on Mt. Washington (Summit Trip and Weather Station)
      • Suncook River Avulsion
      • Great Bay and Little Bay Estuary
The projects I completed included:
      • Map of Earth systems evidence in the Mt. Washington Region
      • Field Guide of Suncook River Avulsion
      • Great Bay Estuary Research Presentation
      • Curriculum Unit for 2012-2013
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Ryan Keser,
Jul 26, 2012, 7:27 AM
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Jul 26, 2012, 7:18 AM
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Jul 26, 2012, 7:21 AM
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