On Monday, our High School River Rangers had their second teaching day of the season! The day started off with a Professional Development session focused on how instructors can engage the curiosity of their students. River Rangers discussed different techniques to get students exploring, curious, and asking questions. They then were challenged to engage the curiosity of the students arriving!
The juniors from KIPP Denver Collegiate High School taught a class of 3rd graders at Overland Pond Park, delivering curriculum on water health indicators, beaver adaptations, rafting, and pollution in the city. They each co-taught with a partner, which provided the River Rangers an opportunity to plan out their lesson, receive feedback from their peers, and support each other through the curriculum! The Rangers had an extra challenge that day, as there were 3rd graders learning 5th grade curriculum. This curve ball allowed them to adjust their group management and delivery of information to the youth, applying knowledge they learned during a Professional Development session on age-appropriate teaching.
In the afternoon, River Rangers facilitated and participated in the critter crawl, doing a great job of managing students, engaging their curiosity, and being enthusiastic when students caught crawdads and aquatic macro-invertebrates!
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Two middle-school Junior River Rangers helped younger campers with catching crawdads, making crafts and much more. If you have a child who has attended SPREE camp in the past and will be entering 6th-9th grade in fall 2017, they could be a Junior River Ranger, too! Find out more here.
If these activities sound like fun for your child, register for a week of SPREE Summer Camp! Find out more here.
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Northern Leopard Frog image credit (Brian Gratwicke/Wikimedia Commons)