What Teachers Say About the Earth Science by Design Program
"Earth Science by Design has continued to push me to think past some details and facts to think more
about the big picture behind science. From there you have a better sense of where you are going with kids
as you deal with some of the basic knowledge and skills. You're able to hang them on a bigger framework.
It also helped me see how a good online visualization is a great way to present many earth science
"Earth Science by Design has changed my thinking on teaching and learning. I feel I have a new focus now
as a teacher. Before it was coverage and now it is understanding."
"I think the main influence of this institute has been the turn around of my thinking, planning, and
executing of curriculum. I will probably never teach the same way again."
"I have been taught throughout my training as a teacher that I am trying to achieve (or should be trying)
certain outcomes but this is the first time I have been given a roadmap how to get there."
"The institute has changed my thinking about "covering" a certain topic. Earth Science by Design helps
channel your thinking and planning and question the relevancy of every activity and question."
"I now realize the importance of figuring out how to accurately assess the student knowledge and then
and only then go on to plug in appropriate materials and activities that help to bring my students to the
understandings they need. Additionally I am so excited to be designing an authentic assessment. It has
helped me to better understand what that looks like. I have done some in the past- but this one is so much
more creative and clearly linked to the big idea."
"This year, I can see myself taking a whole new approach to teaching the Earth Systems. I feel like I
have learned a new way to think. We were given a useful framework to plan and think within that will
produce clear, focused units. This really allows me to write the type of curriculum and assessment I really