Weather and Climate for Teachers
Weather, climate, and climate change are important topics in today's society.
Many science educators are expected to teach these subjects even with no formal
training in these areas. The 2010 Weather and Climate for Teachers course,
sponsored by CMMAP and the
Little Shop of Physics, provided
necessary teaching techniques and knowledge of atmospheric science to teachers.
The intent of the course was to provide a semester's worth of college-level
content on the physics of the atmosphere, weather, climate, climate change, and
climate modeling as well as demonstrate activities for use in the classroom.
The course was
taught using the method of the Five E's, each describing a phase of learning
(engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate).
Teachers took home a box of science tools. Previous years' course tools
have included heat packs,
which show that liquids release heat when they freeze, solar cells to charge
batteries, and infrared goggles to see infrared radiation outside. More
importantly, participants left with the confidence and knowledge to teach their
students about weather, climate, and climate change.
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