Thank you for your interest in my school and library programs. My presentations span the grades and I strive to provide an experience that will inspire every student. I present to both large groups and also offer smaller group writing and photography workshops.
I love visiting schools, libraries, and museums to share my enthusiasm for science, photography, and books.
online PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT workshops
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The Next Generation Science Standards and 3D Learning
The NGSS is a framework for science education that requires a three dimesnional approach: the understanding of behaviors and practices scientists employ to solve problems and answer questions; deep experience with cross-cutting concepts; and a solid foundation in the four scientific disciplines. High quality science literature not only reinforces the goals of the NGSS by incorporating the three dimensions into the text, it also provides the inspiration and confidence for students to think like scientists. My books and programs incorporate the NGSS 3D framework while also addressing the Common Core Standards for nonfiction. My approach is not a response to these standards, but rather the organic and creative expression of my passion for science, writing, and art. It is my goal to inspire curiosity and creativity through story-telling and scientific imagery as students learn to think, explore, and create like scientists and writers.
"Thank you for the Spirit and the Opportunity..."
Sofi Collis, 3rd grade
Sofi Collis was in third grade when her essay won the Name the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) contest sponsored by LEGO and NASA. She couldn't have chosen better names for the little cars that roamed Mars for more than a decade.
WRITE THE FINAL CHAPTER OF CARS ON MARS!
In 2019, the Mars Exploration Rover mission officially came to an end. Although Spirit and Opportunity can no longer communicate with us, they live on through the science and stories they sent to Earth. Now it's time to write the final chapter of Cars on Mars! Join me in an online writing workshop where students will learn how to organize informaton, research NASA photos, write captions, and develop their own science writing voices. This is a unique opportunity for students to experience real science writing and have their work published on my website.
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