NO. OF CREDITS:
5 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 3.33 credits]
|WA CLOCK HRS:
PENNSYLVANIA ACT 48:
In this diversified driving tour, you will make your way to Portland, the Columbia Gorge, the Willamette Valley and along the Oregon Coast. You will discover more than 50 magnificent bridges. You will learn the history behind each bridge, and you will have the opportunity to travel over many bridges on foot.
Along the way, you’ll examine highway bridges, footbridges, sky-bridges, and covered bridges. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to bring this information to students, through hands-on classroom lessons, and innovative field trips.
The Co-Instructor for this course is Jake Gordon, M.S. Ed.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:
Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), Washington State Clock Hours, Oregon PDUs, or Pennsylvania ACT 48 Hours. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours, Oregon PDUs, and Pennsylvania ACT 48 Hours.
UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.
CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.
AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head, or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
A comprehensive Course Workbook that includes the required reading, field journal, and Driving Tour directions, is available from the instructor after registration.
None. All reading is online.
A comprehensive workbook that includes the required reading, field journal, and Driving Tour is available from the instructor. See Order Form provided by The Heritage Institute after registration.
ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR HOURS OR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
A. INFORMATION ACQUISITION
Assignment #1: BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
Send to instructor: email@example.com. Subject line to read ‘OR Bridges #1’.
Assignment #2: BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
Send to instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line to read ‘OR Bridges #2’.
Assignment #3: BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
Send to instructor: email@example.com. Subject line to read ‘OR Bridges #3’.
Assignment #4: AS YOU TRAVEL
Send to instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line to read ‘OR Bridges #4’.
Assignment #5: AS YOU TRAVEL
Send to instructor: email@example.com. Subject line to read ‘OR Bridges #5’.
Assignment #6: AFTER YOU TRAVEL
Send to instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line to read ‘OR Bridges #6’.
ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
B. LEARNING APPLICATION
In this section you will apply your learning to your professional situation. This course assumes that most participants are classroom teachers who have access to students. If you are not teaching in a classroom, please contact the instructor for course modifications. If you are a classroom teacher and start or need to complete this course during the summer, please try to apply your ideas when possible with youth from your neighborhood, at a local public library or parks department facility, (they will often be glad to sponsor community-based learning), or with students in another teacher’s summer classroom in session.
Assignment #7: Lesson creation
NOTE ON LESSON CREATION:
In creating your lessons utilize the information provided in the workbook, your completed Field Journal and any other information gathered on your site visits. The lessons may include student work and can focus on the history of bridges, bridge building materials, different types of bridges, reasons for bridges, bridge design activities, or any other portion of the curriculum that would be appropriate. The lessons can also focus on the geometry of the bridge design, or the physics of each bridge, regarding compression, tension and other concepts. Other ideas would include how the bridge links cultural neighborhoods, or how it links communities over natural barriers. You could discuss how the bridge has altered the history of the area. Other academic integration can revolve around geography, art, or photography lessons. Writing activities can focus on descriptive accounts of bridges, narrative writing based on field trips to bridges, or creative writing, using bridges as a theme. State the topic, age level, learner outcomes, procedure, disciplines to be integrated and assessment techniques to be used.
Use this option if you do not have a classroom available.
Assignment #8: Colleague feedback
Evaluate your teaching unit by gaining the feedback of a colleague. Make plans for future lessons with modifications. To document completion of this assignment, include the following:
Send to instructor: email@example.com. Subject line to read ‘Sustainability #8'.
Assignment #9: (500 Level ONLY)
Send to instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line to read ‘Sustainability #9-A’.
Prepare a photo-journal/display of the sites visited in this course for use within your teaching setting. Discuss how you will use the project with a statement of:
The size of photo-journal/display is to be discussed with and pre-approved by the instructor.
Send to instructor: email@example.com. Subject line to read ‘Sustainability #10-B’.
Send to instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line to read ‘Sustainability #10-C’.
C. INTEGRATION PAPER
Assignment #10: (Required for Clock Hrs, PDUs, CEUs, Act 48, 400 and 500 level)
SELF REFLECTION & INTEGRATION PAPER
(Please do not write this paper until you've completed all of your other assignments)
Send to your instructor at their email address. Subject line to read "(put course name here) Integration Paper"
INSTRUCTOR COMMENTS ON YOUR WORK:
Please indicate by email to the instructor if you would like to receive comments on your assignments.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:
Peter Chausse, B.S. is a former elementary school teacher, who has specialized in teaching his students about trees, plants, urban parks and natural areas.
Before beginning his teaching career, Peter earned a degree in Forestry from the University of Maine. His training included coursework in Dendrology (tree identification), Forest Management and wood product usage.
In the early 1980's, Peter worked for the U.S. Forest Service in the state of Washington, where he focused on tree identification and scientific observations. Since 1994, Peter has taught a course through The Heritage Institute titled, ‘Studying Portland’s Trees’ During the course, participants learn how to recognize several dozen tree species as they explore Portland’s parks and historic neighborhoods on foot. Ideas for the integration of tree study with math, art, science, literature, writing and social studies activities are presented and discussed.
Peter has had a lifelong love of trees, and is eager to help you acquire more tree knowledge. He is also dedicated to helping you bring this information to your students in fun and meaningful ways.
Jake Gordon, M.S. Ed., graduated from Western Oregon University. He became a teacher due to his desire to share the world with his students and give them the skills needed to explore and understand the world around them.
In 2017 Jake took an academic sabbatical to pursue his graduate studies. He moved to Germany and completed a year of graduate studies at the world-renowned American Studies Leipzig Institute at the University Leipzig. With an expanded worldview and knowledge base, Jake returned to Oregon, where he earned an M.S. in Social Studies Education from Western Oregon University in June 2019.
He currently teaches social studies and geography at Adam Stephens Middle School in Salem, Oregon. In addition to teaching, Jake is an elected member of the Center for Geography Education in Oregon.
DISCOVERING WESTERN OREGON’S BRIDGES
Bottenberg, Ray. Images of America. Bridges of the Oregon Coast. 2006. Arcadia Publishing, San Francisco.
This book chronicles the creation of six significant highway bridges along the Oregon Coast. Historical photographs and anecdotes bring the bridges to life and their significance is explained. The book also focuses on the life of Conde McCullough, Oregon’s master bridge builder.
Smith, Dwight. Historic Highway Bridges of Oregon. 1989. Oregon Historical Society Press. Portland, OR
More than 100 historic highway bridges in Oregon are highlighted in this book, along with historic photos. An introductory section explains the different types of engineering designs. Factual information and map locations are listed making this a great resource book.
Webber, Bert & Margie. 1999. Oregon’s Covered Bridges. Webb Group Research Publishers, Medford, Oregon.
This is a complete guide to the 50 plus covered bridges in Oregon. All bridges have been photographed, and locations are given. Reasons behind the building of the bridges are outlined. Engineering and bridge building information is also discussed.
Wood-Wortman, Sharon and Ed Wortman. The Portland Bridge Book. 2006 3rd Edition, Urban Adventure Press. Portland, Oregon
This thorough exploration of Portland’s bridges contains historic photos, and pertinent bridge information for all Willamette and Columbia River bridges. In addition, the text ties each bridge with historical events. A section titled, “Bridges 101” is a great resource in explaining different types of bridges and engineering designs.
Wood Wortman and Kirsten Rian. Walking Bridges Using Poetry as a Compass. 2008.Urban Adventure Press, Portland, OR
This book focuses on bridge walking adventures in Portland, and includes student anecdotes and poetry relating to bridges. Five self guided Portland bridge explorations are outlined.