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From the education reference

North Carolina thinking skills
Model of thinking skills adopted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 1994. Lists seven levels of thinking skills from simplest to most complex: knowledge, organizing, applying, analyzing, generating, integrating, and evaluating.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction administers the policies adopted by the State Board of Education and offers instructional, financial, technological, and personnel support to all public school systems in the state.
research cycle
Research method that emphasizes information problem-solving and positions students as information producers (versus information consumers). Students repeatedly revisit stages in the research cycle as they refine data gathering processes.
teacher research
Intentional and systematic inquiry by a teacher or teachers in order to improve classroom practice. Teacher researchers begin with a question about classroom life, design and implement a research plan, collect and analyze data, and adjust practice to better meet the needs of students.
National Board Certification
Program of teacher certification (beyond education degree) focused on teacher development and professionalism, requiring "intense self-reflection and analysis of [teacher] practice" through preparation of a portfolio and responses to assessment questions drawn from their field (such as early childhood and mathematics).

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Zeke's Island North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve
Part of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve, Zeke's Island has interpreter led field trips which focus on the importance of estuaries to the North Carolina coast.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Masonboro Island
One of the four sites of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve. Interpreter led field trips must be reserved two seasons ahead. This is a favorite field trip for many teachers.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Currituck Banks
One of the four North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserves, Currituck Banks operates as a living laboratory for research, education and management.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
National Estuarine Research Reserve Systems - The Rachel Carson Component
Located in one of North Carolina's fastest growing areas, the Rachel Carson site is a center of marine research and education. The reserve is a diverse and productive estuarine system for birds, mammals, and fish.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
A forest trail at Currituck Banks
A forest trail at Currituck Banks
This is a maritime forest on a trail at Currituck Banks, a part of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve. Currituck Banks is located near Corolla, North Carolina.
Format: image/photograph
Marshes of Masonboro
In Small sand volume barrier islands: Environmental processes and development risks, page 8
Figure 6 shows that most of the marshes on the landward side of Masonboro are doing quite well. They are lush and healthy and extend more than a mile landward of the berm. Note that in this location there are a few patches of maritime shrub plants. These suggest...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Topics in Science Education
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 3.2
Resources Specific to Science Inquiry Letting Students Ask the Questions — And Answer Them A look at an inquiry-based earth and environmental...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Masonboro Sound at dusk
Masonboro Sound at dusk
This is Masonboro Sound at dusk. The nearby Masonboro Island is a pristine barrier island that can be reached only by boat. It is one of the four sites of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve.
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Resources on the web

North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCNERR)
This site has information on estuaries in North Carolina as well as field trip information, lesson plans, hourly weather and water observations, an esturary cam, videos, and much more. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve
Estuary Live
Video streaming allows you and your students to take live virtual field trips to the Rachel Carson Reserve in Beaufort, NC. The videos are archived for use at any time. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve