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Updates from Valerie Green Thomas at M.S. 390, Bronx

By Heather Flanagan
May 25, 2016

This year, M.S. 390 Humanities teacher Valerie Green Thomas joined the NSF-funded Billion Oyster Project Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (BOP-CCERS) as a part of Cohort Two.  Her students are busy preparing for future visits to their oyster restoration station by engaging in BOP’s in-class curriculum.  Check out Valerie’s story below!

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” ‘What do you know about tides?’  23 out of the 30 students’ hands went up coupled with a wide grin on their faces.  Students gave definitions that were all connected to real life experiences.  They wrote their definitions in their notebooks and then as a group came up with one definition.  It was after lunch and the enthusiasm exhibited by the students was rare.  Drawing on their personal experiences gave them leverage; boys and girls made realistic predictions as well as citing examples from other topics they have studied in science.  After the mini lesson students were placed in groups to work on given components of the lesson.  It was an engaging lesson.  Why?  Students asked probing questions that lead to other questions and exploration.  Kudos to 805!”

-Valerie Green Thomas

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