Join Myles Vandegrift for a discussion on Combatting the COVID Crisis with Connections offered by our year-round partner STEMscopes!
Combatting the COVID Crisis with Connections: Engage students personally before scientifically
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Presenters: Myles Vandegrift
Fee (Non-Refundable): FREE for members and nonmembers
With so much uncertainty, anxiety, and stress caused by the current global pandemic, our students need to know, more than ever before, that they are valued, respected, and loved as unique individuals. This is paramount before any authentic learning can take place.
In this webinar, we will focus on practical ideas for how to authentically connect with your students, leading towards meaningful engagement in NGSS three dimensional sensemaking. Examples of student work and video clips of virtual and hybrid science engagement will be shared. Most importantly, you will be reminded of why we all CHOSE the noble calling of teaching, the most exhausting but rewarding career on the face of the biosphere! You’ll be inspired, empowered, rejuvenated, and revived to finish this school year with a spring in your step, hope in your heart, and a smile on your face!
About the Presenter
Myles Vandegrift is a passionate middle school science teacher who has been engaging students with his enthusiasm and genuine curiosity about the natural world for more than 28 years. He is deeply driven to connect with students and make science meaningful and relevant to them. He cherishes the opportunity to inspire young people to reach their full potential and believes every student can learn and achieve at high levels with enough time, support, and the right learning environment. Outside of the classroom, Myles connects with students through his work coaching skateboarding and the science olympiad team, and has taken students on expeditions to Catalina Island, Beijing China, Tambopata Research Center in the Amazonian Rainforest of Southeastern Peru, the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu, and Gabon Africa (Operation Canopy distance learning project). Myles also inspires future science teachers as an adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University, which is where he earned his undergraduate degree in biology and MA in Teaching and Learning. Myles grew up in the small town of Ojai, California, currently resides in San Diego with his wife Stella and two children, Samuel (19) and Zoe (15), and teaches in Ramona Unified School District. When Myles is not teaching science he can be found hiking Mt. Woodson/Iron Mountain, rock climbing, surfing, skateboarding, traveling the globe with his family, jumping on the trampoline with his kids, or watching their soccer games on the weekends.