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Background Information

Affiliations

Member of the Outreach Team
National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Member
Hurricane Awareness Tour

Education

B.S.

Agronomy

Texas A&M University

Web References (19 Total References)


Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program | Current Fellows

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Kirk Beckendorf

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After a variety of interesting and unusual jobs, Kirk Beckendorf realized that teaching was his passion in life. For seventeen years, he has taught science to middle school students and is now spending his second year as an Einstein Fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Beckendorf says that a middle school teacher should expect their students to be bouncing off the walls. He doesn't try to contain that energy; instead he utilizes it to facilitate an excitement for learning. He describes his students as being actively engaged, out of their seats, building, designing, or discussing their ideas and thoughts. He doesn't like a silent classroom. His approach apparently works as he has coached award winning teams of students at state Robotics and Science Olympiad contests and his former students are now working in Congress and, literally, as rocket scientists for NASA.
Beckendorf was chosen as an Albert Einstein Fellow with the 2008-2009 class and was selected by NOAA's Office of Education. He began working with the Environmental Literacy Grants Team to help develop and plan future funding opportunities and he has led the effort to evaluate the office's historic grants portfolio. He also edited NOAA's 2009 Strategic Education Plan and reviewed the public comments as they were submitted. His sponsor asked him to stay a second year to help develop a new NOAA Education website. During this second fellowship year, he is significantly involved in the website's design and development. Beckendorf organized a focus group of teachers (including Einstein Fellows) to help guide this process and he also performed a literature review of the research on teacher use of websites and the efficacy of education websites. As a result he wrote a white paper to guide NOAA's online education resources.
As a member of the NOAA Outreach Team, Beckendorf has been an exhibiter and presenter at all eight of the NSTA conventions over the last two years. Presentation topics have included Climate Change, Coral Reefs, the Teacher At Sea Program, and using NOAA Data in the Classroom. In addition, he was asked to be a member of the Hurricane Awareness Tour, flying onboard (and actually flying) a NOAA Hurricane Hunter P3-Orion aircraft.


February 2011 | STAT

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by Kirk Beckendorf

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Contact the Author: Kirk Beckendorf 100 E Magnolia Lane Oak Ridge, TN 37830 830-456-4643 kirkbeckendorf@gmail.com


February 2011 | STAT

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by Kirk Beckendorf

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Contact the Author: Kirk Beckendorf 100 E Magnolia Lane Oak Ridge, TN 37830 830-456-4643 kirkbeckendorf@gmail.com


Einstein Fellows Program History

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Kirk Beckendorf, TX, Grade 8 Earth Sciences, Space Sciences, and Natural Resources; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Kirk Beckendorf, TX, Middle School Science, NOAA


Einstein Fellows Program History

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Kirk Beckendorf, TX, Grade 8 Earth Sciences, Space Sciences, and Natural Resources; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Kirk Beckendorf, TX, Middle School Science, NOAA

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