Volunteer opportunity posted by: Educurious
Posted on: February 19, 2013
We need working or retired professionals to virtually volunteer to partner with a teacher and group of students to help improve educational outcomes in Science and English Language Arts. Utilizing the Educurious Platform, students will ask you (Educurious Experts) for feedback on select assignments. You are not expected to grade student's work. Your primary role is to enrich the student's understanding of their work by serving as the professional who can help further develop the student's skills and expose them to new exciting careers.
We are currently in need of Experts for our Diversity of Life & Science through Stories units that will begin in March & April. Below are unit descriptions & the type of Experts we need.
Diversity of Life: Students sort fossils and examine DNA evidence to investigate biodiversity and evolution. Then, students choose to research either fossils or DNA evidence to solve a mystery about whale evolution. Types of Experts we need: Professionals with a background in life sciences with strong understandings of evolution and biodiversity.
Investigating Science through Stories: How do we make complex and current science content relevant, accessible, and personal? Students deconstruct the genre of creative non-fiction (CNF) using Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and articles from the Creative Nonfiction journal. Students research, investigate, and evaluate a personally relevant scientific topic to compose a piece of CNF modeled after Skloot's text. Throughout the unit, students engage in the important practice of revision. They also develop interview skills, engage in genre study, and participate in peer review. Types of Experts we need: Creative non-fiction writers or journalists with a background in science, essayists, journalists, memoirists and historical non-fiction writers.