Adolescent Session
Science Water Quality Occupation
Presenters: Guy Calise and Mike Piskel

March 16 – 17 2019

Join veteran Montessori teacher, Guy Calise, and thirty year high school biology teacher, Mike Piskel, as they walk you through the steps of a Montessori occupation for adolescents. Curriculum covered includes: fundamentals of Ecology from biodiversity of ecosystems to energy transfer, food chains, water quality (turbidity, temperature, current, pH, and fecal coliform) and trophic levels. This work is suitable for any body of fresh water.

Together Piskel and Calise will guide you through what to do, what materials you need to do it, and a step-by-step approach of how to implement this curriculum into your science classes. This work was already field tested by Countryside Day School with their Montessori adolescents. Countryside students started off the year with Ecology concepts and activities that were used to prepare the them for river work by acquainting them with the vocabulary and terminology they used during their water quality testing.

Students then learned about their chosen areas of study and conducted practice tests before they went to the river for their actual collections. They learned proper procedure, techniques and safety protocols for collecting the data. The students broke into groups and became “experts” in their fields and finally put together presentations at the end of the quarter to share their data and results with the rest of the class.

If you are working to continue to move your science curriculum closer to the occupation model, this seminar is for you.

Note: All Sessions also available via webinar. Registration and link for webinar to follow shortly.