RiverQuarium to host teacher workshops

ALBANY, Ga. -- The "Creatures of the Flint" teacher workshops are being offered this summer in the Flint RiverQuarium for elementary school science teachers.

In the sessions, teachers will learn content behind the Georgia Performance Standards by focusing on sorting living and non-living materials, comparing similarities and differences, needs of life, life cycles, habitat changes and adaptations and classification of creatures that inhabit much of Georgia.

"It will mostly cover creatures specific to this area," said Melissa Martin, education manager with the RiverQuarium.

Participants will review how to create and deliver lesson plans involving fish, frogs and turtles as well as incorporate the RiverQuarium's resources into their lesson plans.

"We will have lots of hands-on activities," Martin said. "They can take those activity ideas to the classroom.

"The teachers are very active. They're not sitting for a long period of time. They rave about their experience."

The workshop for those teaching grades 3-5 will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. The sessions for teachers educating children up through the second grade will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 8 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 9.

The workshop being held this week has so far attracted 12 hopeful participants from Worth, Grady, Dougherty and Mitchell counties -- which is not specific to public school systems.

"We've got private school teachers and home school teachers coming," Martin said. "It's usually pretty well-attended."

This will be the fourth year the RiverQuarium has been hosting the sessions.

Teachers can earn one Professional Learning Unit (PLU) for attending the workshop. In the past, teachers have had to earn PLUs to keep their certification current.

A Regional Educational Service Agency pre-registration prior approval form must be submitted before participating in the workshops.

For more information, call (229) 639-2650.