We all hope you had an enjoyable summer and are ready for a successful year of teaching, learning and celebration! In honor of being back in school, we at ERE would like to share a short story about how excellent teachers can lead to successful students.
We are very aware that times are changing and many of my friends and family who teach have made me aware of their point of view regarding the tests associated with STEM and The Common Core standards. Now a day's teachers feel as if they are teaching for a test and not for the child which makes it difficult for many of the students to fully grasp learning concepts.
I used to be one of those students. When it came to any test I would get extremely stressed and crumble under pressure due to lack of confidence in my own abilities. I can fully empathize with these students, in fact, I was in Special Ed in second grade until I met a teacher, Ms Futrell, in fifth grade at PS 229. Her quick witted teaching wisdom and her ability to relate topics I enjoyed such as nature, reptiles and amphibians to core class material allowed me to end fifth grade decertified from Special Ed, awarded with the Presidential Award for Academic Fitness and subscribed to National Geographic!
Since then I was able to complete a Veterinary Science degree from Suffolk Community College, graduate from Stony brook University with a Biology degree and a minor in Environmental Studies and establish the now 7 years young Wildlife Education Company (Erik's Reptile Edventures)!
Ms. Futrell left a lasting impact on me how will you impact your students this year?
I hope this message finds you warmly snowed in! I am so grateful to share that we are gaining more supporters and have sold 50 bricks!
Click on any of the pictures to view our message and spread awareness of envrionmental education and stewardship!
Then if you haven't had a chance please join us and click a brick to help us reach our goal for Nature Center Ranaomfana Madagascar!
2950 More Bricks To Go!
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CHILDREN OF RANOMAFANA
Click The Pic Below And See:)
CLICK A PIC & A BRICK!
STONY BROOK STUDENTS OFFER TO HELP WITH CLICK A BRICK!
Click this pic to see more of what they've seen..
On Tuesday 2/ 11/14 Dr. Pat Wright invited my scaley friends and I to her class to speak with her undergraduate and graduate students about our misison in Madgascar! Many students offered their help and are now joining us in the effort to spread the word!
“So I really want to help you raise money! If you send me a poster I can print it and post it around campus. I can also give short presentations about WKCI in my classes, since they're all environment/biology based. Hopefully that will help you earn some donations!!!”- Mariah Donohue
Reading this gave me chills and made me say "Wow." I am full of gratttude and looking forward to sharing more of the progress of our efforts.