Torrey Wenger

After 20 years at a nature center (doing a lot of bird research), I jumped ship & became a science teacher. Thanks to the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, going back to grad school was free ... only everything was crunched down into 1 hectic year. I'm trying to improve my practice every year (for instance, I'm also a member of the American Modeling Teachers Association). If nothing else, cool PD is fun. :-)



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Recent Posts by Torrey

Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:00 AM in NGSS Lessons....Where to even start??
First, don't worry, Hannah! The NGSS seems complex with its 3 strands but it's not really that scary - If you have your students *apply* their knowledge, not just memorize facts & repeat them, you got the hardest part down. Second, the practices & the cross-cutting concepts are in *every* field. I had to sit in for a history teacher & the posters on her walls asked the same questions as ...

Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:32 AM in Life Science Communities of Practice?
National: the National Geographic certified educator program the Woodrow Wilson Foundation (they have fellowships for science, math, & history teachers & also principals) Are you including state organizations?

Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:46 AM in Guest Speakers in the Middle School Classroom
If you can't get a real person for whatever reason, check out Skype a Scientist (  They match up classrooms with working scientists.  Teachers can request different kinds of scientists (biologist, geologist, etc) & experiences (1st gen college student, etc). So far I've been matched for 3 of my 4 classes & we're arranging for our meetings.  My scientists are a cancer resea...