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

Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:40 AM in Professional Development Help for New Instructors?
Look for opportunities offered by your state's department of natural resources (or equivalent). I also really like the annual conference put on by the Michigan Alliance of Environmental & Outdoor Educators; hopefully there's a similar group in your state. These options are probably less intensive but they're also less pricey. Good luck!

Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:36 AM in Float/Sink for Younger Grades
Please don't just explain to them - Too many of my high school kids want me to tell them the answer rather than do the experiment to figure it out themselves.  (In other words, they don't want to *do* science.)  Having them do the weight/ shape vs float experiment - with appropriate discussion - builds much stronger knowledge & science skills.  (Full disclosure: Carefully leading discussions is h...

Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:38 AM in Elementary (1st-5th) Science Lab Remodel
Oops, you already said my answer! This is what I get for not reading all the posts in the email 1st. ?