Nature Journals

In their second year of teacher residency and graduate work, Arbor Apprentices undertake a thesis project that grows from a particular teaching practice.  

Danielle has her kindergarten and first graders working to become scientists who listen and look carefully in the Arbor woods each week, recording their observations in writing and through diagrams.  Danielle is grounding some of her research in the text Taking Inquiry Outdoors:  Reading, Writing and Science Beyond Classroom Walls by Barbara Bourne.

Danielle with her scientists in the Arbor woods.

Danielle with her scientists in the Arbor woods.

This scientist heard a "bird call" and observed a banana slug.

This scientist heard a "bird call" and observed a banana slug.

"That was my spot.  It had a lot of ivy."  The observation of one of Danielle's scientists.

"That was my spot.  It had a lot of ivy."  The observation of one of Danielle's scientists.

Oriana is helping her 2nd and 3rd graders hone their descriptive writing skills, using simile and metaphor to convey what they notice in their own “woods spot.”  Exploring the possibilities of “place-based” education at Arbor and in their public school placements is central to Apprentices’ two-year teacher training.  

One of Oriana's writers describing the woods that surround her.

One of Oriana's writers describing the woods that surround her.

Considering a career in teaching? Looking for classroom experience with a master teacher-mentor at an innovative K-8 school?  We are accepting applications for our 2016-18 cohort now. For more information, please visit our website, www.arborcenterforteaching.org. We welcome your questions; e-mail act@arborschool.org or call 503-638-6399 to schedule an inquiry visit. The application deadline is March 1, 2016.