During the course of the 2005-06 school year, I was asked to seek a licensure
in Earth-Space Science. While I have been teaching Astronomy for 12 years, 7
of which include the college level, I admit that my teaching license is in the
area of Life Sciences. I may know my stuff and enjoy sharing it with my students,
but the No Child Left Behind Legistlation has encouraged the Minnesota Department
of Education and Hopkins School District to insure the parents of the students
that our teachers are fully knowledgeable and credible sources to pass on learning.
Since a high school teaching license in Astronomy does not exist, I have been
working on a portfolio that will demonstrate to the MDE that I can teach Earth-Space
Science. In order to do so, I have begun developing an entire course called
Earth Science that is being embedded into the pages of this Astronomy Course.
You are expected to follow the Syllabus and course navigation recommended by
me. If such a time comes when Hopkins offers a full Earth-Space Science Course,
then the pages of content will be ready to help that teacher who may be myself
or someone else in the district. Since many of the pages of the Earth Science
Course are under construction, you will encounter pages that demonstrate my
struggle to get this ready. Please be patient with me. Those of you who may
wish to explore more about the Earth outside of the recommended course sequence
for Astronomy are welcome to browse and send comments to me.
Below is the present organization of the Earth Science Unit. Some of the links
will take you directly into the same places as the Astronomy course because
it is all connected. This beginning page helps you keep your sense of place
within the larger structure of the Earth-Space Science course:
After you have completed your study of Earth as a planet, move forward to
a study of The Moon.
If, at any time, you get lost during this study, you can return to this Introductory
Page. Let's begin with Earth
Facts, or take a break to mentally prepare for the fascinating material
you will study as you learn about the Earth by going back to the Syllabus
or the Home Page.
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