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Teacher Workshops

Each year, we develop new lessons that teachers can put to work in their classrooms, Little Shop lessons that make science hands-on, exciting and engaging. And each year we share these lessons with over 300 teachers in Colorado, neighboring states, and even other countries.

For each of the 10 topics in this workshop, there is a sequence of activities that follow the "5 Es": Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate.
Each session begins with a series of Engage and Explore activities. These are open-ended hands-on investigations designed to give participants a chance to explore, to get a feeling for the topics to be discussed. These are described in PDF files that give an intriguing question for each activity:

"Why is the sky purple?" or
"If hot air rises, why is it cold in the mountains?"

The sessions then continue with a traditional lecture, the Explain portion, with heavily illustrated animated slides, available in PowerPoint and PDF formats below. These slides for a clear and coherent whole, and are an excellent reference to the material of the course.
The sessions finish with an Extend activity, a chance for participants to use the knowledge and insight they gained. This is a crucial piece of the puzzle, to let folks apply what they just learned.
Finally, we finish with some form of Evaluation, which could be as simple as discussing what worked well, or as detailed as a written test.


Other Workshops

Korean Physics Teacher Workshop
Ram Welcome
Math, Science, and Tech Day
Shepardson Science Enrichment Classes
Super Science Saturday

Colorado Association of Science Teachers Conference
Saint Stephens Indian School Workshop
Upward Bound
American Horse School Workshop
Little Wound School Workshop
Colorado Springs Hub Teacher Workshop
Tavelli Elementary Science Enrichment

18th Annual Little Shop Open House
Southern Ute Education Center Workshop
Shiprock Schools Workshop
CMMAP Climate Conference
Weather and Climate Class for Teachers
Scottsbluff Schools Workshop
We present a more complete set of activities as part of a summer course called "Weather and Climate for Educators" that we teach with our CMMAP partners. This full-week workshop earns teachers two credits and covers all of the basic science needed to understand the atmosphere, from conservation of energy to the nature of warm and cold fronts. Click here to learn more about this workshop and download all of our materials.


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