National Fishing in Schools Program
Some questions from NFSP Certified Teachers concerning day-to-day instructional issues in their "Fishing in Schools" Program school . . .
|"How do I gain online access to the NFSP Curriculum?"||Lesson Plans for the NFSP curriculum are provided online for access by NFSP Certified Educators (Level 1, Level 2 and Mentors) on this site at teacherassistance.html (Contact us if you have forgotten your user name and/or password.)|
|"What should I do when a rod gets broken?||All rods are covered by some type of warranty. Depending on the rod manufacturer, they vary just a bit. Please select the manufacturer to see how to proceed. Click here for guidance.|
|"How do I get replacement items - rods, reels, lines, leaders, flies, etc.?"||Schools need replacement items from time-to-time, especially "consumables", such as flies, leaders, etc. Please visit the NFSP Online Store for such items: http://nfspstore.fishinginschools.org/|
|"How do we get additional teachers certified to teach the program?"||No one may teach the "Fishing in Schools" program without having first been trained to do so by an NFSP Level 2 Certified Teacher Trainer or Level 3 Educator. NFSP has an ongoing, dynamic "teacher training" program to certify schools teachers as "NFSP Level 1 Certified Teachers". These one-day sessions are held across the country and are scheduled based upon demand and availability of resources. Please see the schedule on this site.|
|"I've forgotten how to tie the Eugene Bend Knot . . . any quick reminders available? (I'm too busy to look it up in the curriculum.)"||
Please see our instructional videos on
NFSP has an ongoing effort to provide online access to videos that are designed specifically to assist NFSP certified teachers.
|"How soon after starting the course would you suggest taking our students fishing outdoors?"||Not until you have completed at least the first 3 Lesson Plans. If you take them before then, you are being a bit unfair to your students, as they will be inadequately prepared and trained to perform properly . . . risking less than desirable results. (REMINDER: take them to a pond, NOT moving water, for their first fishing.)|
|"We need more rods, how do we get them..."||Go to the NFSP Online Store and order from there. Prices are specific to the "Fishing in Schools" program and the equipment will be suited to match what you already use.|
|"Do I understand correctly that NFSP can provide a mentor to perhaps help me in class?"||Yes. By partnering with a variety of experienced outdoor educator groups, NFSP pre-trains Mentors across the country. If we do not yet have mentors specific to your school/area, we are working on it. Please contact Katie Dement, Program Manager, for your needs.|
|"We would like to use the Learn How To Fly Fish text in our junior/senior class . . . can we do that? How?"||Yes. The "Learn How To Fly Fish" textbook is available from the NFSP Online Store.|
|"Is there going to be an NFSP competition in our area? My kids would like to attend."||Hope so. We are working on setting up such "FISH* Tournaments" in cooperation with our state fish & wildlife agency partners. Keep an eye out on this site. We'll also alert you when we are ready to get underway.|
* Fishing in Schools Happening