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Teacher Workshops



Through the association’s all-expense paid workshops*, TMRA offers Texas teachers science-based information to help better educate their students about the availability, importance, development and use of our natural resources. During week-long sessions, teachers tour mining facilities, visit reclamation areas and participate in hands-on labs with the objective of returning to the classroom and providing their students with real-world, problem solving activities - such as designing a surface mine, restoring land or reclaiming water. These hands-on activities are designed to help students use critical thinking skills while applying earth science facts to real-life situations. Designed to be used in grades 4-12, all activities are TEKS and STAAR correlated.

Workshop participants receive the curriculum and accompanying database information, geologic samples, and additional materials and equipment needed for use in the classroom. Teachers will also receive Professional Development hours:

  • 45 hours SBEC approved
  • 40 hours TEEAC credit
  • 12 hours Gifted & Talented
 

TEACHER COMMENTS

"Thank you very much for the wonderful, educational experience this summer. Teachers rarely get useful, positive opportunities like this one!"

"I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful week of educational information and relaxation. I've been to many programs and this is the best."

"I can't say thank you enough for the Resources and the Environment workshop. I enjoyed the active learning labs; actual hands-on experience is the best learning tool of all."

"I never enjoyed teaching earth science, but after attending the R&E workshop, suddenly the earth sciences came alive for me."
 

WORKSHOP APPLICATION

If you are a Texas science teacher, grades 4-12, Apply today to join us for a free workshop!
 

WORKSHOPS FOR 2017

Coal Workshops

  • June 11-16, Sabine Mine near Longview, TX
  • June 25-30, Walnut Creek Mine near College Station, TX
  • July 9-14, Three Oaks Mine near Elgin, TX


Industrial Minerals

  • June 19-23, based in Round Rock, TX


Uranium Workshop

  • July 30-August 4, based in Corpus Christi, TX

*Teachers are responsible for personal transportation to and from the workshop location.

For more information, contact:
Francye Hutchins, TMRA
geowiz@tmra.com
512.431.2610