The Deschutes Children’s Forest would like to recognize Rima Givot, biology teacher from Sisters High School as April’s Teacher of the Month! Rima is continually finding ways to provide exciting and innovative learning opportunities in the outdoors for her students. This school year Rima’s students have studied phenology using photography, spent winter nights in the outdoors learning about astronomy, travelled to Seattle to do actual experimental work at the world-renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, learned bird identification, conducted vegetation plot studies in their local conservation forest, and so much more!
Rima has taken this learning one step further and turned her biology students into teachers. After conducting vegetation plot studies, her students created lessons and taught the fourth grade students about native vegetation and wildlife and also introduced some data collection techniques. “It was so rewarding to see my students internalize the information they had learned and teach the younger students,” she shares. One of the groups also gave a presentation about the data they collected to the school board!
“When the students are able to learn outdoors, they interact directly with their environment and naturally ask questions and form connections with the science content and the natural world. I see the students’ interest levels increase, and they take more ownership in what they learn. When they have the opportunity to conduct real research about the forest, they connect on a personal level to science and collecting data.” -Rima Givot
Thank you so much Rima for all of your hard work and creativity in finding exciting ways to teach science in the outdoors! Your work is contributing to creating the next generation of stewards for public lands!