Tamra Willis
  • Middlebrook, VA
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Ken Finch replied to Tamra Willis's discussion No Child Left Inside in the group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"Thanks Tamra!"
Mar 25, 2013
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Mar 24, 2013
Tamra Willis replied to Tamra Willis's discussion No Child Left Inside in the group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"Yes, my photo and you are welcome to use it in your talks. It was taken at Boxerwood Gardens in Lexington, VA.   They have a wonderful play trail for young children. Tamra"
Mar 24, 2013
Stefan Anderson replied to Tamra Willis's discussion No Child Left Inside in the group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"Great post, love the picture. :)"
Mar 21, 2013
Ken Finch replied to Tamra Willis's discussion No Child Left Inside in the group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"Hi Tamra,  I love the Trail Rules sign!  Is it your photo?  Could I possibly use it in some of my talks about nature play?     Ken Finch, Green Hearts INC"
Mar 21, 2013
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10 Reasons To Take Your Students Outside

We all care about the well-being of our students and want to provide a positive environment in which students are healthy and motivated and learning content in creative ways. Every educational setting, whether urban or rural, has such a place … outdoors. 10 Reasons To Take Your Students Outside With links to the original research and studies to back up each statement. 1.     Nature is everywhere! Every school, home and daycare has some kind of outdoor space nearby where teachers can take…See More
Oct 9, 2012
Karen Hickerson replied to Tamra Willis's discussion One Fish, Two Fish….Raising Lots of Fish (In the Classroom) in the group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"I am a teacher in colorado and we can not do the TIC program so I have contracted with the Division of Parks and wildlife to have students raise Roundtail Chubs. I knew very little about them but they are a species of concern in colorado and…"
Jul 12, 2012
Tamra Willis replied to Tamra Willis's discussion One Fish, Two Fish….Raising Lots of Fish (In the Classroom) in the group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"Stephanie:  I have seen tough-looking  guys in high school whisper to "their" fish as they let them go. I agree... it is amazing to watch kids during the release process."
May 24, 2012
Tamra Willis's discussion was featured

One Fish, Two Fish….Raising Lots of Fish (In the Classroom)

Something fishy is going on in schools across the country, and this time it has nothing to do with mandates or testing requirements! Students from kindergarten to high school are raising fish in tanks in the classroom, and learning content and stewardship in the process. Conservation organizations and state natural resource agencies generally sponsor and support teachers as they raise local species such as trout, salmon, catfish, or shad with these educational programs. There may be no better…See More
May 17, 2012
Stephanie Rach-Wilson replied to Tamra Willis's discussion One Fish, Two Fish….Raising Lots of Fish (In the Classroom) in the group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"Love this! Two weeks ago we let the salmon go after having been raised at the Rhomberg center - it was an amazing experience for the school kids. We have a book called "Out to Sea with Sally" and it teaches kids about how salmon go from…"
May 16, 2012
susan miller huyard replied to Tamra Willis's discussion The Lost Ladybug Project in the group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"Hi Tamra, I loved this idea and then it was even better when I saw you had posted it!  Good to see you here.  I would love to talk soon about my ideas for preschool 2012/2013.  I am in the process of making it an 'Outdoor…"
Feb 23, 2012
Tamra Willis's discussion was featured

The Lost Ladybug Project

The Lost Ladybug Project (LLP) is a wonderful citizen science project for all age groups and it is especially appealing to parents and teachers of children in grades PreK-6. Why? Unlike more complex citizen science projects, this one is designed so that even young children can participate in every aspect of the scientific research.  Developed in 2000 by entomologists at Cornell University, participants in the project help locate…See More
Feb 21, 2012
Lori Kiesser replied to Tamra Willis's discussion The Lost Ladybug Project in the group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"Thanks for sharing, Tamra.  I presented at the NAA conference last year and used this project to demonstrate how Science, Technology, Art, and Math can be integrated into formal and informal education programs using the Lost Ladybug…"
Feb 21, 2012
Tamra Willis commented on Children & Nature Network's group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"Mud is the best! This picture of me was taken during a Mary Baldwin College graduate course for teachers entitled "Reading on the River."  With the help of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, we took our teachers to a mudhole for a…"
Jan 27, 2012
Tamra Willis's discussion was featured

Finding Support for Getting Kids Outside

Locating funds and in-kind support for outdoor activities with kids is not that difficult. Educators I know have found all kinds of support right in their own communities. Others have received major funding from state and national foundations or granting programs. Timing is important and so is the way you go about asking. To begin the process, you should carefully think through your program goals and objectives. What do you hope to accomplish and why? How will the program benefit children?…See More
Oct 3, 2011
Tamra Willis replied to Eric Gehring's discussion Data gathering activities in the group C&NN Natural Teachers Network
"Eric: Have you heard of the Lost Ladybug Project? This 4H/Cornell program may work well for a 2 hour data gathering activity with your students in grades 3-6 or younger. Check it out at http://lostladybug.org.  Students collect data on all…"
Oct 1, 2011

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Assistant Professor- Education
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At 8:28pm on September 16, 2009, John Thielbahr said…
I know the feeling. We'll get used to it together. jt
 
 
 

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