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Laura Markham

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI, USA
I teach science to elementary education majors at Michigan State University. I have used nature visits in my teaching for many years and have had students use a variety of modalities for organizing their observations. I have used the Next Generation Science Standards to inform my teaching since the introduction of the framework but struggled to make it meaningful for my students. This summer I was checking back in with my nature journaling resources when I discovered Jack and Emilie's new book. Wow! Just what I needed, a way to connect nature study with the NGSS. From there I found the Nature Journal Connections Videos and then the Educator's forum. I jumped all in during the spring semester and used nature journaling as a foundation of my online course. This fall we will be back to face to face and I am excited to try it all over again.