Suggestions for Teachers
Salmon School is dedicated to Pacific Northwest salmon. We encourage science, logic and creativity throughout the student journey. We ask that students create and keep a Salmon Journal, in which they will write down thoughts and answers, draw diagrams, make calculations, write stories, and perhaps even develop their own style of journal keeping that might become a life-long learning habit, as many great thinkers before them have done.
We have prepared Teacher Resources for you. Students work from the Student Lessons and you have the freedom to modify the approach according to your classroom. Our resources should provide you much (if not all) you need to prepare for each lesson. The Students Lessons are designed for students to work independently at their computer and in their Salmon Journals, and then to come together as a class for a teacher-led presentation or class discussion. You determine what works best for your audience. This might include:
- Presenting the subject at greater length and detail than we present in the Student Lessons.
- Engaging students in questions and answers and activities.
- Asking students to share passages from their Salmon Journals so that students might learn from one another.
Considerations for Salmon Journalling
- Consider how you plan to review your students’ work in their Salmon Journals.
- Consider how much latitude you will give your students as they experiment with journal keeping. Should it be restricted to salmon learning? Or might they be allowed to explore other avenues of inspiration and learn how to write those ideas down?
- Encourage your students to carry their Salmon Journals with them throughout the day, particularly if you give them that wider “learning avenue” for their journal.