Tag Archives: David Neils

Humans need the ice bucket challenge and other thoughts about mentoring

When I started this program in 1995, I planned to get it going, staffed and launched, and then continue my engineering work at Hewlett-Packard. Twenty years later, here I am with more passion for the program and its benefits than … Continue reading

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Flood zones and student motivation recover when students engage in authentic work

By David Neils When students know they’re tackling real issues, they’ll put in real effort. Molly and Morgan, two 6th-grade students at Trail Ridge Middle School had an opportunity to tackle a real issue recently–the Colorado flood of fall 2013 that ravaged their community of Longmont, Colorado. … Continue reading

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Students get birdseye view of nesting birds

Students from Westview Middle School in Longmont, built a nesting box for kestrels right before their spring break. The work was part of their International Telementor Program-supported conservation project. Jason Helmus, their teacher, provided some help as well. The nesting … Continue reading

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

This question stumps many young people and causes them a lot of anxiety the closer they get to high school graduation. But without much life experience or solid information on which to base an answer, how can they know? Joan … Continue reading

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STEM School Sows Seed of Success for CSA Farm

Students enrolled in the Westview Middle School’s STEM Academy are allowed space in their academic agenda to explore topics in which they are interested. When given the freedom to explore real-world issues and support from real-life professionals through the International … Continue reading

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Bobcats, A Lion and Measurable Student Learning Outcomes—Oh, Deer!

PrestonMiddle School 6th-grade students are learning about and improving wildlife habitat in their 3,000+ acre science classroom located at the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch west of Loveland, Colorado. International Telementor Program Founder and Director David Neils arranged for northern Colorado … Continue reading

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Feedback Fuels Refinement

“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.” Albert Einstein Some people avoid evaluation, fearing less than satisfactory feedback. (It’s much like why  some people avoid going to their doctor; they are … Continue reading

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Preston Students Getting Wild!

Amy Schmer has never seen her class quite like this. Amy is a sixth-grade science teacher at Preston Middle School in Fort Collins, Colo., where she and her students are participating in a unique wildlife research project in conjunction with … Continue reading

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Getting ‘Authentic’

As a tip for educators, David Neils, director of the International Telementor Program, says projects that include the following elements will ensure that students are truly engaged, informed and connected to their learning and can experience what he distinguishes as … Continue reading

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How to Predict the Future? Invent It!

Palmer Tetley, an inventor and community volunteer, was recently called upon by North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple to present his anti-flood system to a team of civil engineers working to avert future catastrophes as occurred in Minot, N.D., last June, … Continue reading

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