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What kind of airplane is it?

I observed students using our species cards to find invasive upland plants. Here's what screamed out. Plug your ears.

Good medicine

Ripped (sans permission!) from an email just received from Sarah K....

Young scientists brave Kennebunk rivers

Young scientists in Kennebunk are not afraid of getting their hands dirty in the name of science.... or their feet dirty for that matter.

Kennebunk first out of gates

Crayfish experts Matt Scott, Bill Reid, and Karen Wilson are awaiting results from a crayfish site comparison study by Kennebunk Middle School students slated for 9.12.08 at the Merriland River, Mousam River, Branch Brook, and the Kennebunk River.

Fields of paper

The paper prototype for data collection is ready to roll to students. It has come a long way from the version used during the Teacher Institute and initial student test in August.

Wiki-d good

As a baby step towards the Open Resources Exchange Forum, we've posted all model Vital Signs learning activities to a wikispace.

Set straight by students

Five brave middle school students joined the Vital Signs development team at Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth on a summery afternoon for a quick paper prototype test of the data collection protocol, datasheet, and species cards.

Lucky Thirteen

Lucky for the Vital Signs Program, that is!

Thirteen energized middle school teachers from around Maine spent three days this summer sharing their professional experiences and classroom expertise with the Vital Signs development team.

Their input has launched Vital Signs many giant steps forward, and has truly motivated and inspired the Vital Signs team.

Teacher spread

Where teachers are coming from....
Where Vital Signs is likely to invade first....

Institute looms and consumes

Teacher Institute planning screams on....

* Do it.

o We're taking our own inquiry pill. Walking our own inquiry talk. We'll give teachers the opportunity to experience the Vital Signs learning environment as we envision students experiencing it. The assumption is that if we model it, they'll get it and do it like we did it. No retching PowerPoints on how to teach inquiry!
o As with all inquiry, a rich and seamless experience for participants requires serious preparation. Good luck to us PD rookies.

* Are you with us?

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