We wanted to introduce three new THVIPs and remind you that THVIPs are experienced place-based educators (and learners) ready to brainstorm, observe, conduct workshops, and help you use place-based strategies at your school or site. Think of them as free consultants, facilitators, critical friends, and presenters.
“I’ve been calling the Hudson Valley ‘home,’ for as long as I could speak,” writes 8th grader Brian Angevine, middle school winner in Writing About Place. “Having grown up in the suburbs with rural influences makes me respect the lifestyle that my family has maintained for centuries. My family mainly hunters and farmers ….”
Data Jam challenges students to creatively tell stories for a general audience using data from the Hudson River watershed. To get in on this year’s competition register by May 4 and submit team information and parental consent forms by May 18.
Readers in our annual Writing about Place contest were taken with these descriptions of items found at Olana State Historic Site and the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Vincent Cheng, the early grade winner, will host his classmates on a trip to the latter. Charlotte Weinstein’s fifth grade class will join her at Olana.
For the fourth year, students around the Valley have delighted us with their impressions of–and feelings about–places in our region. Read about this year’s top-scores in our Writing About Place contest. And, watch this space over the next few months, as we publish their essays and poems.
In October, we wrote about a few ready-made history projects that seemed analogous to those within the citizen science movement, i.e., planned, and to some extent managed, by regional or even national organizations. Since there weren’t many, we wanted to share some homegrown ideas and models you can adapt or duplicate.
Primary sources are great for place-based learning, and this blog has written about them often. So, whether using more primary sources was one of your new years’ resolutions — or not — we’re thrilled to share three tools to make it easier.
“Icicles like bars on the windows, trapped inside,” by Kim Ellis. Kim taught second grade and English as a Second Language in the Monroe Woodbury Central School District for 24 years and is now a teacher consultant with the Hudson Valley Writing Project.
Another winter photo: Geese on Mill Pond, Monroe. Courtesy of Orange County Tourism.
Ice boats on the Hudson by Dorna Schroeter, director, Center for Environmental Education at Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES.