NSF Teaching Partner
Highland High School
Secondary Education, major emphasis in Biology, minor emphasis in Geology.
Robert worked with a graduate fellow in 2006 on a research project studying fish populations, water chemistry, and the status of riparian vegetation in several tributaries of the Portneuf River.
Much of Robert's teaching career has been at New Horizons Alternative School in Pocatello, and has worked in the past with teachers to aid emotionally disturbed students in a variety of classroom environments.
How will you integrate an aspect of GK-12 and your partnership with graduate students
into your classroom?
We have recently used James' familiarity with microscope techniques to design and orchestrate a microscope forensic lab. The objective the students were given was, “To determine which suspect stole the overhead projector from the classroom and present the scientific evidence in court”. Students had to observe samples of the suspects’ fabric and hair and compare them to hair and fabric samples found at the ‘crime scene’ and present their methods and findings in a fictional court – where James was the defense attorney who tried to find problems with their scientific methods and techniques.
How has the GK-12 experience changed you, and how has your participation changed the GK-12 project?