A tool used by practitioners to reflect on their learning and thinking about a certain event, by creating a map of their process using pictures, the picture map is a nice closing activity to get people talking about a shared experience.
Working at the Intersections of Formal and Informal Science and Literacy Education
In this article, we invite you to expand your vision of what it means to work at the intersections of formal and informal science and literacy education by describing how educators have collaborated to create programs that blend science and literacy in schools, in museums, and across these two spaces.
“There’s No Place Like Home” Edward Soja
Ed Soja describes the theory of the third space as a socially produced space that defies geography where “everything comes together .” The third space combines both the concrete (first) and imagined (second) to create a virtual area of learning. This idea of third space can help teams working at the intersections of two very different educational spaces think about how, where, and why they might come together.
This five minute video provides an overview of a writing marathon as a tool for learning. Scientists, native leaders, and teacher- participants talk about their experience of a river float that includes opportunities to stop, think, and write together as they experience and learn about the river.
Girls Science Writing Curriculum Calendar
Girls Writing Science included twenty-two 9-12th grade girls who met during their study hall period to work with leaders of the Central Arizona Writing Project. This group of young women met for 7 weeks to examine the role of women and girls in the sciences through writing. This resource provides a curriculum calendar and resources for educators interested in developing a similar experience at a school site or in a museum.
“On Temporary Systems” Matthew B. Miles
Temporary Systems can be a useful way of thinking about a pop-up or project that isn’t meant to be durable. This article provides an argument for temporary systems a a place to engage with stress, adventure, and creative struggle, an opportunity to try new identities and ideas.
Using parody, teachers and museum educators provide an overview of the UNC Charlotte WP/Discovery Place Intersections Project by sharing their thoughts on how “make” works the intersections of science and literacy.
Becoming a Science Advocate
YSCI: The Youth Scentific Civic Inquiry Project, supports young people to become, do, create, and advocate. This resource tells the story of YSCI in Fort Collins, Colorado and provides a blueprint for educators interested in creating similar programs.