Teaching Resources

This page serves as a clearing house for a wide range of videos and articles on topics from sustainability to biomimicry to ecological design.

New resources will be routinely added here after this site goes live in September 2018, please check back!

Education

Examples of progressive education models that are aligned with IVL are numerous.   The videos are represent examples that demonstrate the efficacy of progressive education approaches to learning.

1. The Independent Project
This is a wonderful model that is almost identical to the type of IVL learning that has been in place in Scott Beall’s classrooms in the Brewster Central School District since 2001.

2.  Finland:  The nation of Finland rose in its students’ ranking from mediocre to #1 globally through transformation of its education model to emphasize minimal testing, virtually zero homework, and focus on play and student centered learning.

Sustainability

OCEANS

1.   Great article on plastic, microbeads, lotions etc.
click here

2.   How much plastic is in the Ocean?

3.  United Nations vid featuring dissection of birds

4.  Excellent website on ocean pollution
click here

5.  Kids take action on plastic

CLIMATE

      1.  Drawdown:  This organization and the book that is driving it represents the most powerful and comprehensive guide to meeting the challenge of climate change.

https://www.drawdown.org

2.  Excellent documentary film on the scientific process historically and current work that has led to scientists understanding of humanity’s role in climate change.  A little over 2 hours long but worth every minute.
https://www.pbs.org/video/decoding-the-weather-machine-vgqhot/

3. Website for up to date and comprehensive information: NASA
Click here

4.  Scientific Consensus – Ok To Be Smart

5.  James Hansen (Director of Goddard Institute of Space Studies, NASA) Scientific Paper written with dozens of colleagues:
CaseforYoungPeople

 

WASTE MANAGEMENT

Article in the Washington Post
click here

 

ENGINEERING INNOVATIONS

Biomimicry:

Learn about Biomimicry from the Biomimicry Institute
click here

Ethics

This site, the Keenan Institute for Ethics is an excellent source for orientation to ethics, social justice and sustainable development.
Click here

Technology and Society

Smartphones and children article
click here

Science

SPACE
Images from cassini mission to mars
https://nyti.ms/2y0JLYW

 

PHYSICS

1.  Pendulum wave machine

2.  Pendulum wave outdoors elementary school project

3.  Simple Harmonic Motion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-Umre5Np_0

4.  Sine curve and unit circle