Stealth Gerontology® - Teacher Professional Development Workshop
Date: July 28, 2011
Title: “You Somnolist! Sawing Logs with Your Polysomnogram!”
Have a ‘somnorific’ time exploring many physiological and chemical aspects of sleep and its importance in overall daily function, learning, and long-term health.
Using teacher-made, scientists-approved learning materials, teachers will explore the world of sleep highlighting interdependence among systems, living organism’s capacity to maintain a stable internal balance in response to external and internal stimuli, critical thinking about scientific studies, models, and representations of sleep. Kinesthetic and tactile games and activities that teach about brain waves, neural sleep patterns, melatonin, and a ‘sleep sleuth’ are part of this science, health, and literacy TEKS aligned workshop.
No charge – everything is free and provided to upper elementary and secondary teachers by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Voelcker Family Foundation. Web links to learning materials and related resources will be provided. Colored print copy will be available for participants. Teachers may bring a thumb drive to download free PDFs and slides. Parking will be validated.
This workshop is hosted by the Teacher Enrichment Initiatives, and its Positively Aging®, Stealth Gerontology®, and Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy.
Workshop objectives include:
Participants will be able to:
Science TEKS areas addressed:
Scientific investigation and reasoning
Organisms and environments
Reading/Literacy TEKS areas addressed:
Reading variety of texts
Reading literary response
Reading inquiry research
Health TEKS areas addressed:
Amazing strides have been made in extending the lifespan and enhancing the quality of life as people age. As a lifelong process, aging well is important to us all. The World Health Organization*(WHO) encourages ‘active aging’ – optimizing physical, social, emotional, and financial opportunities that help individuals live well throughout their life course and help communities provide ways for all to actively participate in societal and cultural affairs. One of the goals of healthy aging is to maintain our personal autonomy and independence, as well as sustain our interdependent and intergenerational contexts.
Thus what is so important in society finds its way into our classrooms when teachers attend our Stealth Gerontology® Workshops. Teachers learn about cutting edge aging research and train with an array of learning activities that can be easily, and stealthily, infused into the regular curriculum and still teach those tough educational standards. Teachers, join us! Prepare students for what lies ahead and provide them with tools to shape their futures.
Social Studies classes exploring concepts related to developing and developed nations, population dynamics, GDP, invention?
The benefits of these lessons last a lifetime as teachers and subsequently their students:
Please see our publication, Educational Gerontology, 30: 691-710, 2004.