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Enhancing Student Voice: Tapping into Students’ Learning Ecosystems to Create Authentic Learning Experiences

January 20 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Participants will learn about education strategies and museum resources for virtual or in-person settings that can be used to put learners at the center of personally-relevant, nature-based, real-world Science instruction. Feedback from Nature Museum partner educators will illustrate what this looks like and sounds like in the classroom when these strategies and approaches are put into practice.

In this Chat, educators will explore ways to center the student in the learning environment using relevant content, accessible and engaging experiences, and collaborative culture. Participants will experience, from the learner’s perspective, the iterative process of connecting observations and evidence to make sense of the science that explains a local natural phenomenon. Participants will unpack the role that discourse and questioning play in encouraging intellectual risk-taking, strengthening critical thinking, and building a culture of inclusion and curiosity. Community Science data, objects and images from the Nature Museum’s Collection, and Nature Museum conservation Science will fuel this engaging session.

Presented as part of the Chicago Foundation for Education Community Chats series.