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ASU teaching students prepare for trip to Panama

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A group of future teachers at ASU are moving to a new classroom. But it will be thousands of miles away in a new environment.

These ASU students and their teachers are counting the days and getting passports.

"I'm very excited," says Jennifer Allen, one of the students heading south to a classroom with no walls.

All of these students are used to cactus and desert plants, but come July it's going to be a whole different environment. They are going to be in Panama in the rainforest.

Yes a rainforest in Panama. Their teachers have been there before.

"It was phenomenal to be plopped down in the middle of the rainforest. So much going on. I just could not stop asking questions," says Dr. Penelope Adams Moon, ASU science education.

She's hoping her students do the same. They will spend 10 days learning about the earth's oldest living ecosystems.

"That opens your eyes, when it comes to a teacher, I feel like a good teacher is a reflective teacher," says Able Torres, future teacher.

Able Torres's teacher will be exploring the rainforest along with him, hoping to make science more interesting to students.

"There's nothing better to teach science than to be in the outdoors," says Dr. Molina Walters.

Jennifer Allen will be a student teacher in the fall at Higley High School.

"This experience will help me bring the rainforest to the classroom and gets kids excited about it," says Allen.

The teachers will take away wonderful memories and become better teachers. They leave next month.


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