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Out of the Classroom, Into the Field: Teachers spend part of their summer at UM, learning research skills in the Montana Teachers Investigate Ecology Project.
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Carol Brewer, an associate professor with UMs Division of Biological Sciences, says the two-year, $286,055 grant will fund the Montana Teachers Investigate Ecology Project. MT-TIE will allow teachers to interact with UM scientists and learn research skills that should make their classroom science instruction more relevant and engaging.
The teachers conducting research this summer will collect and analyze data and develop curricula to get their students more involved in research, says Brewer, the grants principal investigator. Its a nice partnership among UM, the states teachers and students.
She says up to 20 teachers will be selected for MT-TIE each year for eight weeks of research. The 11 teachers working on projects this summer will investigate everything from small-mammal population distribution to conifer photosynthesis. All Montana teachers of biology in grades six through 12 are eligible for the program, and they are paid for their participation.
Brewer says six UM faculty members will act as mentors for one or two of the teachers this summer. In future years she hopes to include researchers from agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service as mentors.
Using ecology to teach science research is a perfect match for Montana, she says. We live in one of the greatest natural laboratories in the world.
Teachers participating in the program this summer are Nathan Beckwith of Victor High School, David Fitzpatrick of Charlo High School, Bruce Fryar of Missoulas DeSmet Middle School, Linda Hicks of Bonners Potomac School, John Hughes of Kalispells Linderman School, Sue Ibsen of Condons Swan Valley School, Kathleen Kennedy of Missoulas Sentinel High School, Dave Oberbillig of Missoulas Big Sky High School, Mike Plautz of Missoulas Hellgate High School, Joe Quinn of Charlo School and Betsy Sharkey of Potomac School.
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