The VEEP Approach
"We learn by doing, but only if we reflect on what we have done"
This quote by John Dewey captures a core principle of the Vermont Energy Education Program's approach to teaching, what we call "Hands-On, Minds-On." Dewey's quote and this phrase both describe is the critical link between interaction and reflection, a link that often gets missed. Hands on is good, but it's not enough.
VEEP trainers & educators start with interactive, Hands-On methods to help students learn experientially about energy. When Hands-On, Minds-On is practiced in classrooms, the results are observable, measurable learning, and increased levels of engagement.
In order for students to retain concepts, especially in science and math, they must do something, and they must reflect on what they do.
At VEEP we apply this credo to every aspect of our approach to working in Vermont schools and communities. Energy Literacy, which is our goal and the change we'd like to see in Vermont. Hands-On, Minds-On, our method, how we teach science and energy. And Training, Materials, and Follow Up Support, our commitment to Vermont teachers.
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Training, Materials, and
VEEP is committed to supporting teachers who want to incorporate energy-related curricula into their teaching. We recognize that training by itself may not provide all the support a teacher needs. In our work with teachers we use a three-pronged approach of training, materials, and follow up support. All VEEP trainings come with a teaching guide, written by expert science methods instructors. All participants have access to materials kits either by loan or purchase that facilitate activity-based lessons in their classroom. And every participant in VEEP training has access throughout the year to on-call coaching.