I hope this isn't the first video you've checked on the website so far, but if it is... Welcome! Give this video a quick look, and read the Introduction I've included in this blog post. It will give you, your parents, and anyone interested a good idea of what the class is going to be about this year
Welcome to Environmental Science!
Environmental Science might be my favorite class to teach. This is primarily because I find it to be the most applicable. Environmental Science isn’t just the study of the environment, it’s about our interdependence on the environment to survive. We have inherited this planet from organisms that came before us, and we have made short work in deriving the resources necessary to reach his point in our evolutionary and technological development.
“The Environmental Science curriculum is a complete and thorough body of knowledge. The course will introduce students to the effect environmental problems have on the environment and will explore methods to remediate or alleviate these problems. This program of study is flexible and provides for the abilities, needs, and interests of all students. Fundamental levels of understanding are followed by the more complex and advanced concepts. As a student progresses through the curriculum they will become better thinkers and take an active role in their own learning by performing numerous inquiry based activities.
The development of curiosity, critical thinking, and inquiring minds is of utmost importance in a democratic society. These processes are most effectively accomplished by investigative hands-on activities. To understand current environmental issues, students need complex thinking and reasoning skills. Therefore, the emphasis on didactic instruction should become minimal and the emphasis on “learning by doing” should drive the educational experience of the students. Learning environmental science will help student’s gain an appreciation for the complexity of life and for the delicate balance that exists in their environment and society.
Consequently, through emphasizing safe and skillful use of materials and equipment in Environmental Science, an awareness and concern for safety in all aspects of the individual’s life will develop.
Therefore, the ultimate goal of the Environmental Science curriculum is to strive continuously to develop students to their maximum capabilities. Students will have a comprehensive knowledge of environmental science as prescribed by the National and New Jersey Science Standards. This knowledge can be applied to real life situations, as well as scientific inquiry.” (Source: Environmental Science Curriculum, Elizabeth, NJ)