Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
Amy Ellwein is the Director of Science Education and Communications at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. From 2007 to 2010, Amy was a lecturer in the Natural Sciences Program at the University of New Mexico, then a Visiting Professor of Geology and Science Education from 2010 to 2013 at Western State College, teaching integrated lab-lecture science courses for non-majors and education majors (pre-service teachers). She is a founding and active board member of the Science Education Institute of the Southwest (SEIS) - a New Mexico based organization providing science professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers since 2003 (e.g. see links below - Geobotany, Watersheds and Rivers, Using Scientific Data, etc.).
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Active Learning and Lasting Impacts: Reflective Writing in a Field-Based Geobotany Course for Teachers part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
In this upper-division, week-long, residential field geobotany course for K-12 in-service and pre-service teachers, participants make observations and interpretations in both the field and lab every day. At the end of each day, participants write about their experiences, self-confidence, and perceived competence as an amateur scientist during a reflective writing exercise, for which instructors provide feedback each evening.
Exploring Earth Systems Science: The Interactive GLOBE Earth System Poster part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
The Activity Model for Inquiry: Reflective Writing Prompts part of Process of Science:Examples
Reflective writing is be a valuable communication tool between instructor and student that fosters critical thinking. When combined with a better model of the scientific method (the AMI) than the "standard" linear model, learners gain a better understanding of the process of science.
Using Scientific Data For Multi-Disciplinary Science Instruction (PD for K-12 Teachers) part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Course
Using Scientific Data is a professional development course for in-service K-12 teachers focused on climate change and Earth system science that also explores how climate concepts can be incorporated into courses ...
Watersheds and Rivers part of Process of Science:Courses
This course uses simple yet authentic methods to describe properties of a local river system in order to better understand how all rivers function. The process of science is explicitly discussed and examined ...
University of New Mexico - Geobotany part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Courses
This field-based course for pre- and in-service teachers was modified from an upper-level Botany course to focus on earth and life science content as described in the revised 2003 New Mexico Science Standards. For ...
Want better-prepared students? Teach teachers to think like geoscientists part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
Want better-prepared students? Teach teachers to think like geoscientists Amy Ellwein, Geology Program, Western State College of Colorado Among other courses, I teach inquiry-based, integrated lab-lecture science ...