Conquering Nature Deficit Disorder with Phenology
Join Green Teacher online for our upcoming webinar presentation “Conquering Nature Deficit Disorder with Phenology.”
Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Presenter: Larry Weber
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As a biology teacher in the early 1980’s, Larry Weber noticed that students were not going outside as they did earlier. They also seemed to be unaware of common local flora and fauna. In response, he developed a life science class for 7th grade that made regular use of the outdoors, looking for evidence of seasonal change (i.e. phenology). With its outdoor component, the course was very successful. In his webinar presentation, Larry will explain how to organize a course focused on phenology, what his students looked for each month of the school year and the benefits of this type of teaching.
Bio: While a high school and middle school teacher for 40 years, Larry Weber spent 25 years teaching a phenology-based class. A past Science year of the year in Minnesota and the author of ten books on local phenology, spiders, butterflies and fungi, Larry has been writing a weekly nature column for a Duluth newspaper and hosted a weekly nature program on a local radio station for about 20 years. He is a frequent speaker at parks, nature centers, etc and wrote one of Green Teacher’s all-time most popular articles, focusing on his middle school phenology course. Now retired, he lives with plenty of critters on an old farm in Carlton County, Minnesota.