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A Palisades Middle School teacher enjoyed bringing environmental lessons back to the classroom after attending the Keystone Science School’s 2017 Key Issues Institute Bringing Environmental Issues to the Classroom program in Silverthorne, Colorado.

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Kristin Jacoby is a seventh and eighth grade science teacher at Palisades Middle School. She is one of 14 teachers who came from all over the United States to attend the Keystone Science School’s 2017 Key Issues Institute Bringing Environmental Issues to the Classroom program in Silverthorne, Colorado.

Sponsored by Georgia Pacific, The Key Issues Institute provides interactive workshops for teachers of all subjects so they can bring environmental concepts to their classrooms, along with science technology, engineering, and math. They learn to present scientific concepts in an unbiased approach designed to enhance their students critical thinking skills.

“An example of that is that when you’re seeking feedback from students and they offer an opinion on something, instead of saying ‘that’s great’ you say ‘thank you,'” Jacoby said. “Saying ‘that’s great’ might make another student with a different opinion on the subject feel hesitant to offer it.”

Jacoby also learned techniques to test water quality. Each year, she takes students to visit local and regional watersheds to learn about water quality. She brought home laboratory kits from Colorado to use with the students.

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