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Tania Kim

Carmel Valley Middle School
(San Dieguito Unified School District)
3800 Mykonos Lane
San Diego
, CA  92130
tkim@sduhsd.k12.ca

OUTDOOR PEDAGOGY &
THOUGHTS ABOUT HOST

I believe that students learn better through first hand experiences.  Teaching students to appreciate and respect the world around them is much more effective and enjoyable when they get to be out there, seeing and doing science for themselves.

HOST was wonderful.  There are not a lot of training opportunities for teachers, especially ones that are so personalized and hands-on.  Usually, professional development means going over the standards, but we developed new hands-on skills like insect collecting, stuffing study skins, plant pressing, stream sampling, GPS, bat netting, bird banding.  We also had exposure to other techniques and enthusiastic HOST teachers.  The NRS reserves are resources; they are for teachers, too, not just for researchers.

BIOGRAPHY

HOST Training Site:
NRS's Scripps Coastal Reserves and three other San Diego NRS reserves (administered by UCSD).

HOST Program Emphases:
GPS field techniques and software, native plant mapping and restoring, sandy intertidal monitoring, creating herbarium specimens, red-tide water sampling and bioluminescence observing, and bird watching.

HOST Teaching Materials:
Harlequin Bug Observation
Native Plant Restoration Project
Tidepool Island Biogeography

Years Teaching:
3

Subjects Taught:
Biology
Spanish 
Physical Sciences 
Life Sciences 

Personal Motto:
"You learn by doing."

Hobbies:
Hiking
Dancing
Reading
Cooking

Hanging out with friends