Teaching Global Climate Change in Your Classroom

National Geographic Online Professional Learning Opportunities for Educators
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 09:00 to Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 16:00

Enrollment ends: February 09, 2020 12:00 ET

Course Description:

Earth’s global climate is changing, bringing numerous changes to the planet and the organisms that live on it. Scientific instruments around the world show that our global temperature increased by almost 1.5°C since the early 20th century. Consequences of this observed warming include substantial melting of glaciers, rising sea levels, and increased risk of drought, wildfires, and plant and animal extinctions. This course integrates content and pedagogical practices that are important for teaching global climate change at the middle school level.

In particular, this course will help educators:

·      Examine their own understanding of global climate change and human impacts working through activities that connect to big climate change concepts

·      Modify existing activities and create new lessons about global climate change to incorporate into their own instruction

·      Develop a library of tools and resources that they can use to inform future instructional design around climate change

·      Use the NGSS science and engineering practices (constructing explanations and creating models) to develop educator’s and students’ understanding of the concepts

·      Analyze student thinking about climate change through video case studies

Credit validation is available for this course via the University of San Diego.