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Teacher Innovation in the HF Schoolyard Ecology Program

October 29, 2013
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LeTellier students at AMC

Lise LeTellier, a teacher in the Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology program, details in a new feature article how hands-on science lessons connect her urban high school students to field ecology via collaborations with the Harvard Forest, Project Learning Tree, and the Appalachian Mountain Club.

LeTellier won a state award this year for excellence in environmental education. As part of the Schoolyard Ecology program, she works with her students to collect field data and create graphs on tree phenology and climate change, and on the impacts of invasive species on hemlock trees.

In her article, she writes, "...this is the type of long-term, investigative, hands-on, and collaborative learning that our students should be engaged in. We are no longer individual students learning in a single classroom, we are all collaborating 'scientists,' teachers and children alike working to achieve a higher goal—and learning to love the outdoors." 

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