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Celebrating and Advancing the Year of the Bird with Geo-Inquiry

By Alex Oberle The feathery smudge was an epitaph inscribed on a high window of an Iowa home, a sad homage to a migration that came to a sudden and final end. Was the smudge left by an ovenbird, already 700 miles of flight but one unyielding window short of the dense woods of central Ontario? Or was the smudge left by a black-and-white warbler, … Continue reading Celebrating and Advancing the Year of the Bird with Geo-Inquiry

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Educator Spotlight: Considering the ‘Why’ Behind Fantasy Maps

Ralph Covino combined a lesson on map-reading skills with a lesson on the Byzantine and Mongol Empires. By creating backstories for the maps of fantastical lands in Martin O’Leary’s “Uncharted Atlas,” students explored the many reasons behind borders throughout history. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Considering the ‘Why’ Behind Fantasy Maps

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Strategy Share: Immersing Your Students in a Place They’ve Never Been

The following post was written by 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Jackie Grannis-Phoenix, a pre-K and kindergarten teacher at the Children’s House Montessori School in Camden, Maine, after her expedition to Southeast Alaska. The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program is a professional development opportunity for pre-K–12 educators made possible by a partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education. Have you ever traveled somewhere and thought to yourself, “Oh, my students would … Continue reading Strategy Share: Immersing Your Students in a Place They’ve Never Been

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Educator Spotlight: Channeling Curiosity to Teach Natural Phenomena

Sonia Saunders taught her fifth-graders how plants and animals obtain energy by presenting students with three “phenomena.” Through research, creativity, and collaboration, students were able to better understand Earth’s natural processes and see themselves as part of a larger ecosystem. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Channeling Curiosity to Teach Natural Phenomena

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Strategy Share: Creating Podcasts in the Classroom

Student-created podcasts are a fun, creative way for students to learn and for teachers to assess content knowledge. In my experience, students have been completely engaged while they learned and reviewed information, practiced collaboration, conducted research, and presented their work to others. Continue reading Strategy Share: Creating Podcasts in the Classroom

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How will you tell your students about YOU?

It’s August. Everywhere you look on education blogs or edu-Twitter, there are posts about going back to school. I know—I’ve written my fair share of them. Last year, I wrote about using centers for the first day of school and this year I wrote about relationships mattering more than content. But as you read about great ideas for the first day of school and building … Continue reading How will you tell your students about YOU?