One of Ms. Ciarametaro’s goals as an educator is to help students recognize that science is happening all around them — all the time. To emphasize this concept, Ciarametaro uses household items in her classroom experiments. She describes one activity where students were given string, two beakers of water and asked to figure out how to make water travel. She loves that these types of experiments can be so simple in their execution, yet yield complex and profound learning outcomes. “We did that experiment three months ago,” she says, “and they’re still using that today. That’s the beauty of the inquiry experience; they always go back to it.”
In addition to teaching science at Ipswich Middle School, Ms. Ciarametaro is also the coordinator for the annual 7th grade canoe trip. The overarching goal of the trip is for the students to develop a vested interest in the sustainability of the natural world around them. Though the trip is still in early stages of development, Ciarametaro ultimately plans to connect students to local researchers who are conducting studies on the Ipswich River watershed. She’ll be working with MITS partners, Mass Audubon’s Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary and the Ipswich River Watershed Association, to achieve this goal.
Overall, Tina found the MITS Summer Professional Development Institute to be a rewarding opportunity to engage in local climate change research, network with fellow educators and scientists, and build on her teaching skills. As a teacher of twenty-six years, Ciarametaro is a valuable asset to the Ipswich Middle School community and is a shining example of the fantastic educators Massachusetts has to offer.