8:30 a.m., July 24)
author publishes Climate Change teaching guide
Special to OrléansOnline.ca
High School teacher Janet Nadeau recently
published a book to help teachers introduce
the subject of Climate Change in biology,
chemistry and physics. Photo supplied
Nadeau has been teaching biology and physics at Gloucester
High School for the past 11 years. In doing so, she has
become acutely aware and extremely familiar with the very
relevant topic of Climate Change.
2006, she began her journey in the field aboard the icebreaker
Amundsen by participating in a trip to the Arctic with
Schools on Board, an educational outreach program provided
by the polar environmental group ArcticNet.
on the trip, Ms. Nadeau facilitated a group of students
through a series of experiments and lectures teaching
the principles of climate change and highlighting the
ability of individuals to make personal changes that would
have a positive impact on the climate.
Nadeau took up this challenge and began a campaign to
install climate change education in high school curricula.
2010, Ms. Nadeau was invited to participate in the IPY
(International Polar Year) conference in Oslo, Norway
where she unveiled a local, provincial, and national curriculum
action plan, called "Operation Snowball" which
is aimed at increasing climate change awareness in the
past spring, she was invited to participate in the final
IPY conference in Montréal where she presented
her newly-published book, Climate Change at Earth's Poles:
50 Research-Based Lessons for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
publication is a user-friendly resource that enables teachers
to introduce the subject of Climate Change in their courses
in a clear and simple way using exciting and interesting
teachers are so busy, it's difficult to bring in something
new," says Ms. Nadeau in explaining the reason why
she wrote the book. "What I've done is create a teacher-friendly
set of lessons that addresses every part of the secondary
school curriculum in biology, chemistry and physics."
of Ms. Nadeau's biggest supporters is Ottawa-Orléans
MPP Phil McNeely who has been championing the subject
of Climate Change since he was elected.
"I think what Janet has done is wonderful. Teachers
need the proper tools to teach about Climate Change effectively
and her book does just that. I'm not surprised it was
a huge hit in Montreal," says McNeely.
timing of the book couldn't have been better. In 2008,
the province of Ontario announced that the environment
and environmental issues would be incorporated in secondary
school curriculum at every level. Awareness of Climate
Change issues among today's youth is also at an all-time
soak up this stuff like sponges," says Ms. Nadeau.
"If you present them something they can get excited
about and give them the proper tools, they'll blossom.
They just need inspiration from their teacher and an idea,
and pow, they're off."
book generated interest among the many educators and scientists
at the conference from around the globe, selling over
50 copies. Ms. Nadeau is currently working on her website
which will allow visitors to purchase the book online.
Nadeau plans to use profits from the sale of the book
to have it translated into French. She also plans to market
the book to the local school boards during the coming
more information about the book, or to obtain a copy,
please contact Ms. Nadeau at Janet.Nadeau@ocdsb.ca.
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