GAINESVILLE – Teachers from around Texas are getting a little summer education of their own at North Central Texas College’sGainesville campus this week.
Eighteen middle school and high school science teachers are participating in a Teacher Quality Professional Development workshop led by NCTC’s Sara Flusche and Dr. Lisa Bellows.
“The teachers are going over biology concepts as it relates to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills,” said Flusche, who is the chairman of the NCTC Teacher Education department. “Teachers are doing hands-on experiments and engaging in technology activities that they can take back to their classroom and use with their students this fall.”
The teachers are getting classroom instruction, doing work inside NCTC’s labs and visiting several outdoor educational displays.
“The teachers are here to learn about biological systems and how biology in the environment works,” said Bellows, a science instructor at NCTC. “They just saw a composter in which we took grass clippings, something that would normally go into a landfill, placed into a compost bin and we’re looking at the five kingdoms of life within that compost and how that putting the quality nutrients back into the soil. Bottom line, it’s the biology of cycles, moving back into the soil, of life on earth.”
The teachers come from all over Texas including Gainesville, Forestburg, Saint Jo, Nocona, Collinsville, Sanger, Gunter, Aubrey, Grand Prairie, Houston and Village Tech Charter.
For more information about teacher education programs at NCTC, contact Flusche at 940-668-7731 Ext. 3351 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.