1b#2 Caribou Collaring 2017-06-01T16:34:44+00:00

EX1: Caribou Collaring

1b: Demonstrating Knowledge of Students
Working with local agencies to do culturally relevant activities in and outside the classroom.

Educator: Bradley Johnson [Email Bradley]
School: Davis-Ramoth School in Selawik

Appropriate for Grade Levels: 9-12
Content area(s): Science

How does this lesson or technique improve student learning?

Engagement is the best way to make sure students learn and comprehend the material that the teacher is attempting to get across. Nothing engages students more than hands on real-world activities. Working with the local agencies allows students to be engaged and activate their intrinsic want to learn the material, but at the same time gives them something rigorous to do because even the best of the best in the field don’t have perfect answers to what is going on. Real world knowledge and work gives students something they want to do while simultaneously giving the highest level of learning and cognitive functions.

What does it look like in my classroom?

Timeline: Year Long

What this looked like in my classroom was having the USDFW and the NPS coming in to my classroom and teaching things about caribou migrations, habits, numbers, problems with the heard, history of the heard, and how the agencies are keeping track of the heard. The agencies have been always willing and wanting to come into the classrooms and lend their knowledge to the students. Furthermore, Elders like to come in and have a voice about animals in the environment as well. For a class like biology there are many, many aspects in any curriculum that can be attached to things that those agencies provide.

The key to this activity (why it works so well for this component):

Supporting materials

Artifacts to gather for evaluation

Gather information students have done throughout the adventure, and make sure the administrators know that these specialists and elders have been coming in. Show how the students have been learning and doing with the elders and specialists. There are many things the students do when those agencies are in the classroom that they otherwise wouldn’t do in a normal setting. Showing that demonstrates pre-knowledge of students as the information is meeting the students’ knowledge base.

Make sure the agencies are giving information that is something historically cultural to the students in your area. For example: the agencies I had come in were talking about caribou, and caribou is a cornerstone of the Inupiaq culture. Furthermore, bringing in elders to classroom to also give their perspective allows for a meshing of historical culture and modern management. Make sure that all the things done are kept track of so it can easily be shown all the different things done to respect culture, show the knowledge, and show the different ways that students got interested in the information.

The Danielson Connection

By involving the local agencies in the area students are able to demonstrate knowledge that otherwise might not be measured in the classroom. Usually, by involving other agencies, the activities they bring allow for students to be involved in cultural practices that would be otherwise hard to bring into the classroom. Finally, nothing engages students more than doing and seeing things that are actually done in the field. A lot of the times students get a disconnect between classroom learning and doing real world activities. Involving professionals, such as the fish and wildlife, allows students to see that the work they are doing has real-world opportunities.