INTERNSHIP: Changing Planet Internship, Charlotte Central School, VT

Help educate the environmental leaders of the future!

Announcing the “Our Changing Planet” Internship at Charlotte Central School (CCS)

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 on one of the continents.  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 Positions:  2
Credits:  6  or use as a senior project / thesis

Contact Person:  Cher Feitelberg, M. Ed.

Inquiry Meeting Options
Monday, August 26, 2013 at Stonehedge Townhouses  OR  at TBA as a result of match day for NR 206  OR  inquiries based on this posting on the Environmental Studies site
Please email Cher at  to confirm your interest in the internship

*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.  Pre-planning 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 structure of the Earth, 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 – 7 students 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],  or 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
Professional collaboration and teamwork skills

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