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Announcements: Island High’s Megan Heberle is December’s SCCPSS Innovative Educator


Island High’s Megan Heberle is December’s SCCPSS Innovative Educator  


Innovative educators, among other things, see school as a place to provide students with relevant experiences that will give them a leg up in life. Everything about Megan Heberle’s Scientific Research classes prepare students for life after high school, from an ongoing three year field study, to lengthy peer reviewed research papers and posters presented biannually to the community.

Innovative Educator Megan Heberle

Megan came to Islands High school three years ago after teaching 2nd, 5th and 6th grades. Her experience teaching young students may be why she takes the time to make sure students understand process and procedure before she turns them loose to “show what they know.”

Megan started teaching her Scientific Research classes with a vision about what she wanted students to be able to do - namely be prepared to do college level research. Even though she had no student devices, she cobbled together the resources through Donors Choose, school laptops, and students’ smart phones. When you enter her class, it feels like a professional work space. Each student is deeply engaged in researching, preparing a presentation, or presenting to the class. In talking with students, they say they value the opportunity to become experts on a topic and get feedback from five or so peers on each paper. They use a rubric and Google Docs to track each other’s suggestions before rewriting and submitting their work. Students report this process is helping them to become better writers in all of their classes. But what really stands out beyond the quality of student work is the wealth of autonomy and intrinsic motivation. Our hats are off to Ms. Heberle for gathering the resources and arming students with all the skills they’ll need to go far in life!

Follow Islands High School Research Department on Twitter @IHSSciResearch



Created at 12/20/2016 1:39 PM  by Sheila Blanco 
Last modified at 12/20/2016 1:39 PM  by Sheila Blanco