Education

Guam Teacher Workshop

Every semester, Pacific Historic Parks works with the War in the Pacific National Historical Park to offer a professional development workshop to Guam educators. Titled, "Teaching Methods: Parks as Classrooms," the workshop will engage educators to use places as resources for studying local and national history (events, the impact of people on events, technological change, and political and social trends) and geography (how locale, terrain, and climate affect events and lives, and how people shape the environment for their purposes).

K-12 educators learn how they can work with park staff to create service-learning events and activities at their national park. War in the Pacific National Historical Park sites provides the focus for a lesson in history, geography, science, and many other subjects in the school curriculum. Educators receive sample lesson plan guides and guided tours of park sites and can earn one graduate credit.

Essential Questions

This workshop explores how sites in the War in the Pacific National Historical Park can enrich the curriculum and can foster commitment to stewardship of national historic resources. It will revolve around the following essential questions:

  • What resources are available to teachers at War in the Pacific National Historical Park?
  • What are some models of place-based learning at War in the Pacific National Historical Park?
  • How can sites at War in the Pacific National Historical Park be used to teach a variety of subjects?
  • How can we use museum exhibits to teach students about World War II on Guam?
  • How can Service-Learning projects be incorporated into teaching with War in the Pacific National Historical Park sites?

Objectives

Guam educators will:

  • Develop an appreciation for the local heritage as revealed in the sites protected by the War in the Pacific National Historical Park.
  • Learn about the different World War II perspectives.
  • Incorporate elements of inquiry-based teaching and learning into their curriculum.
  • Motivate their students to help protect and preserve lands in their national park through service learning.
  • Have more means with which to engage and excite students to learn about their local history and culture.
  • Develop curriculum that employ sites in the War in the Pacific National Historical Park to meet the Guam K-12 Standards.
  • Encourage students to revisit and share the sites of the War in the Pacific National Historical Park with their family and friends.

Methodologies / Learning Environment

  • Field Work to War in the Pacific National Historical Park sites
  • Guided Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Museum Exhibits
  • Self-directed Research
  • Assigned Readings

Audience

  • K-12 teachers, all subjects are welcome to join
  • The workshop is limited to 30 participants on a first come, first serve basis.

Textbook / Reading Materials

Evaluation

In order to earn 1 graduate credit, participants must pay a $20 administrative fee at the Professional and International Programs Office at the University of Guam. Grading will be based upon:

  • Participation in classroom lectures, tours, and discussions – 25%
  • Attendance – 25%
  • Parks as Classrooms Assignment – 50%

Safety Precaution

Be advised that participants will spend a significant amount of time in an outdoor environment.

  • Educators will go on guided tours at various places in the War in the Pacific National Historical Park, which will involve walking or hiking on uneven terrain.
  • Educators will be exposed to the sun for an extended period of time. For safety purposes, you are required to dress appropriately. You must wear clothes for humid weather, tennis shoes or closed-toe shoes, and sun protection.
  • Educators must bring water and any medications needed.
  • Educators may want to bring insect repellant, sunglasses, extra snacks, a hat, raincoat, and an umbrella.

The next workshop will be on October 27 & 28 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center in Sumay. Learn more about the workshop and how to register by contacting Education Manager Jaclyn Zapanta Balajadia at jbalajadia@pacifichistoricparks.org or call 477-7278 extension 1015/1017.

Download Participant Information Form, Fall 2016 Course Syllabus, and Fall 2016 Schedule.