INTERNSHIP: “Our Changing Planet” Internship, Charlotte Central School

Help educated the environmental leaders of the future!

Announcing the Our Changing Planet Internship at Charlotte Central School

Synopsis:  Help third graders [ 7 and 8 years old ] understand that the Earth is always changing and that we have a dynamic relationship with our planet.  Learn to use hands on activities to help children investigate forces of nature and their part in the planet’s story.  Then use Jan Reynolds, “Vanishing Cultures” series and your knowledge of ecosystems and the environment to take the children on a journey to indigenous cultures around the world.  Help the children become experts on a specific biome and indigenous culture.  Guide them in making connections between the land, its climate, plants, and animals, and the development of that culture.  Explore how planetary changes and technology are changing the traditional way of life for the people they studied.

When:  Fall Semester 2013        Dates:  August 26th – December 13th

Number of Internships Slots:  4 – 8

Credits:  6  or use as a senior project / thesis

Contact Person:  Cher Feitelberg, M. Ed.

Inquiry Meeting

Thursday, April 11 from 4 – 5 p.m. in the Bittersweet Conference Room

Please email Cher at  to confirm your interest in the meeting

Once accepted you will have to show proof of having completed & submitted all documentation for a criminal check by May 15,  2013.

*A fun way to do this internship is sign up with a friend!*

Time Commitment:
Offsite partner prep time and independent reading

On CCS campus time:
Mondays from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Preplanning Session with Cher

Wednesdays  12:30 – 3:30 p.m.  Small group [ 4 or 5 students & you] lessons and research facilitated by you

Fridays   7:30 – 10:30 a.m.   Hands on Science Labs or Project Time facilitated by you  [8 – 10 children:2 interns  or   a 4 – 5:1 experience]

Quick Overview
Most of your work will focus on small groups of 4 or 5 children.  During the first 8 – 9 weeks of school we will explore the forces of nature and the rock cycle.  We will work primarily as a whole intern / teacher team.  This will provide you with the support and time needed to build your skills as an environmental teacher / leader.  In the second half of the semester, you will work with the same small group of children each week.  You will be their teacher / leader as they investigate and analyze a specific biome and culture.  The children will form groups of 4 and pick which biome or culture they want to research and explore:  The Sami [reindeer people of Norway], the Mongolian horse people of the steppe, the Tuareg [Blue People of the Sahara (camels)], The People of the Yak [Himalayas],  The Yanomami [the People of the Amazon Rainforest],  the Masai [the People of the Savannah].  Check out Jan Reynolds

Professional Development Outcomes for You
Experience in designing and leading investigations and inquiry activities for children
A professional portfolio to use in job interviews of activities and skills you have developed
Experience in teaching and facilitating small group instruction of young children


*Remember: A fun way to do this internship is sign up with a friend!*

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