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How One Young Explorer Is Helping Peers Become Sustainability Solution Seekers

This post was written by 2020 Young Explorer Shriya Rai. Sometimes the smallest moment can put us on a path of exploration. For me, this was researching and writing a really interesting paper called “Environmental History of India” while I was studying political science. The Indian environmental movement is reflective of Indian society at large. Social justice and sustainability are inextricably linked and reflected through … Continue reading How One Young Explorer Is Helping Peers Become Sustainability Solution Seekers

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The Role of Identity in Anti-Racist Pedagogy

This post was written by Climate Change and Climate Justice Programs Manager Nichole Berg. My childhood is full of cherished memories of time spent with my Aguilera family in Manly, Iowa. It was a period full of cheese-stuffed enchiladas, Maid-Rites, home-made tortillas filled with bologna and cheese and Great-Grandpa Ray’s fiery-hot salsa. It was best-friend cousins, softball, practical jokes, tire swings, chicken coops, and late … Continue reading The Role of Identity in Anti-Racist Pedagogy

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A special message from our Chief Education Officer about the 2020-2021 GeoBee

This post was written by Vicki Phillips, Chief Education Officer, National Geographic Society Dear GeoBee Community and Friends, The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world we live in. And it’s changed education. We are experiencing a tremendous amount of disruption. Closed schools. Cancelled events. Remote learning. Hybrid learning. Around the country, school districts at every level are grappling with how to safely carry out their … Continue reading A special message from our Chief Education Officer about the 2020-2021 GeoBee

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How to Use Mirror and Window Books to Encourage Global Citizenship

This post was written by educator Julie Yeros. Some of the most powerful tools in the classroom are books. And in my elementary classroom, diverse picture books helped propel my students toward learning about themselves and the world around them.  As a teacher, I loved to travel during holiday breaks and summers. My students were excited to hear where I had gone and what I … Continue reading How to Use Mirror and Window Books to Encourage Global Citizenship

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Meet Jen Chavez-Miller: 2020 National Geographic Gilbert M. Grosvenor Educator of the Year

This post was written by Vicki Phillips, Chief Education Officer, National Geographic Society. If there is one thing we can’t say enough to educators, it is “Thank you.” The National Geographic Gilbert M. Grosvenor Educator of the Year award is an opportunity to do just that—to show our profound appreciation for an individual who’s demonstrated exceptional achievement in education. I’m honored to share that this … Continue reading Meet Jen Chavez-Miller: 2020 National Geographic Gilbert M. Grosvenor Educator of the Year

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5 Deaf Educators Share Inclusivity Tips to Embrace in Your Classroom

The mission of National Geographic Education is rooted in creating an inclusive learning environment where all can thrive. And so in celebration of Deaf Awareness Week 2020, we asked five Deaf educators what the National Geographic Education community should know about Deaf culture, Deaf history, ASL, and Deaf education to be more inclusive. Read on for their responses and reflections on the Deaf community, inclusive … Continue reading 5 Deaf Educators Share Inclusivity Tips to Embrace in Your Classroom

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Five Steps for Teaching the Geo-Inquiry Process in an ELA Classroom

This post was written by English Language Arts educator Dr. Aspen Mock. “In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is a story of the earth.” –Rachel Carson Which of the following disciplines is inherently geographic? Science? Social Studies?  Geography? World Cultures? Fine Arts? English Language Arts (ELA)? The correct answer is: all the above. Every academic discipline connects … Continue reading Five Steps for Teaching the Geo-Inquiry Process in an ELA Classroom

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Strategy Share: Inspiring Action During Out of School Time

Join us for a series of free webinars to learn from Willie and other experts how you can safely do a BioBlitz with students or children at home. A BioBlitz is a great way to connect with nature while social distancing, and can be done individually or in groups, outside or from home, and with or without technology and devices. Learn more and register here! … Continue reading Strategy Share: Inspiring Action During Out of School Time

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How a Young Explorer Persevered to Solve a Local Problem — and Found a Global Solution

This post was written by 2020 Young Explorer Richard Turere. I’ve always had an interest in electronics, which was very different from most people in my village. If someone’s radio was destroyed in the village, I’d fix it. I was self-taught by breaking things. My family bought our first TV and the first day we had it, we watched it. The second day we had … Continue reading How a Young Explorer Persevered to Solve a Local Problem — and Found a Global Solution

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Our #TeacherStrong Strategy: Partnering to Share Outdoor SEL Activities

This post was written by student learning specialist Kelly Koller and psychologist Byron McClure. Kelly: Last spring when schools shifted online, I was worried about kids spending too much time on their screens. I started wondering, “What gifts do I have to contribute and how can I help?” The environment and the outdoors have always been an interest of mine and I’ve done lots of … Continue reading Our #TeacherStrong Strategy: Partnering to Share Outdoor SEL Activities

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My #TeacherStrong Strategy: Overcoming Doubts to Teach Successful Science Labs Online

This post was written my 4th & 5th grade math & science educator Sonia Myers. When we went to distance learning in the spring, it was crisis management mode. I felt as if everything I did in the classroom couldn’t be related to distance learning. Having the summer to look at different platforms and do professional development and talk to other teachers, I realized I … Continue reading My #TeacherStrong Strategy: Overcoming Doubts to Teach Successful Science Labs Online

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Seeking Solutions in Your Community? Try This Youth Leader’s Tips

This post was written by 2020 Education Fellow Andrew Brennen. One evening in early 2016, my classmates and I attended a school board meeting to lobby our elected representatives. Our presence in the room was unusual — typically students in Kentucky are invited to school board meetings to be seen, not heard. We planned to break that tradition, but by then, we were used to … Continue reading Seeking Solutions in Your Community? Try This Youth Leader’s Tips

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19 Best Practices for Teaching Live Sessions

This post was written by educator Emily Vizzo. Back-to-school season is here, and for many educators, that means more distance learning. Despite the distance, though, you’re still the same kind, caring, and skilled educator. Positive energy, curiosity, and support translate through the screen, and your students can feel it. Much of your existing practice can still be effective online. Higher-order questions, Socratic seminar, free writes, … Continue reading 19 Best Practices for Teaching Live Sessions

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8 Tips for Developing Your Own Virtual PLC

This post was written by Sam Northern, a National Board Certified Elementary School Librarian, National Geographic Certified Educator, and Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. There’s a common misconception that a school librarian’s work is distinct from a classroom educator’s work. But as a school librarian, I want to show my peers that I can serve as a curriculum specialist and directly support their professional growth. Unexpectedly, the … Continue reading 8 Tips for Developing Your Own Virtual PLC

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15+ National Geographic Education Resources For Engaging Online Lessons

This post was written by educator Emily Vizzo. Many teachers found themselves teaching online for the first time when COVID-19 shut down schools last spring. Making that transition from classroom to online learning may feel overwhelming, but evidence-based practices, teaching strategies, and professional intuition still translate to a virtual environment! Having high-quality, age-appropriate, and interesting resources at your fingertips can help keep students engaged, even … Continue reading 15+ National Geographic Education Resources For Engaging Online Lessons

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Place-Based Learning: Exploring and Unpacking the World from Anywhere

This post was written by teacher coach and consultant James Fester. “When will this decade of a month be over?”  I recently stumbled across this deeply resonant tweet as I struggle to make online learning work. As the pandemic drags on and more states release their complicated back-to-school plans, I find myself immobilized with worry and stress, longing for simpler times when travel, collaboration, and … Continue reading Place-Based Learning: Exploring and Unpacking the World from Anywhere

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#GenGeo: Introducing our spring 2020 National Geographic Young Explorers

This post was written by Chief Education Officer Vicki Phillips. Who was the last person who inspired you? And why? What qualities did they have that left an impression? Inspiration has the ability to transcend limitations—real or perceived—to explore new possibilities, drive us forward and give us hope. In my role as Chief Education Officer at the National Geographic Society, I have the great honor … Continue reading #GenGeo: Introducing our spring 2020 National Geographic Young Explorers

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#GenGeo: A Community of Youth Leading the Search for Solutions Around the World

This post was written by 2020 Education Fellow Andrew Brennen. I was 15 when I first became interested in solving problems in my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky.  I noticed early on that if you were poor or looked like me, you received a lower-quality education. I also realized that while my classmates and I spent hours in the classroom — thinking critically about everything from … Continue reading #GenGeo: A Community of Youth Leading the Search for Solutions Around the World

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Beat the Heat with Quick At-Home Summer Activities

Looking for quick and meaningful things to do this summer? With these resources, learners of all ages can explore questions they’ve always wanted to answer, use their imaginations, and hear from National Geographic Explorers. The best part of these activities is that they require minimal supervision and can be easily done at home in 15 minutes or less! Learn something extraordinary Why is the ocean … Continue reading Beat the Heat with Quick At-Home Summer Activities

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Harnessing a Cyclone: Why Now?

This post was written by elementary educator Kelly Gresalfi. This is a four-part series, with installments released weekly. We encourage you to follow Kelly’s journey this month and challenge you to engage in the questions at the end of each segment using the hashtag #ExploreReflectConnect. In this particular moment it’s safe to say we feel like fish flopping out of water, which is why we need to … Continue reading Harnessing a Cyclone: Why Now?

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Harnessing a Cyclone: Reflect on Successes, Not Just Challenges

This post was written by elementary educator Kelly Gresalfi. This is a four-part series, with installments released weekly. We encourage you to follow Kelly’s journey this month and challenge you to engage in the questions at the end of each segment using the hashtag #ExploreReflectConnect. I feel it necessary to note that reflection isn’t just something I do when things go wrong; in fact, I tend to … Continue reading Harnessing a Cyclone: Reflect on Successes, Not Just Challenges

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What’s Next?: Reset and Refresh with Online Courses

This post was written by #NatGeoCertified educator Jodi Anderson. There’s one question lingering in my mind as I consider the transition from the end of the school year—which was abruptly cut short—to the next chapter: what’s next? As a classroom educator and now instructional coach, I have been on a similar journey as many of you: struggling to bring learning online to life, managing ever-changing … Continue reading What’s Next?: Reset and Refresh with Online Courses

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Harnessing a Cyclone: How to Build a Reflective Practice

This post was written by elementary educator Kelly Gresalfi. This is a four-part series, with installments released weekly. We encourage you to follow Kelly’s journey this month and challenge you to engage in the questions at the end of each segment using the hashtag #ExploreReflectConnect. A reflective practice should be unique to the individual: it can manifest in a range of mediums, scope and scale, … Continue reading Harnessing a Cyclone: How to Build a Reflective Practice

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Harnessing a Cyclone: Reflecting on Success, Challenge, and Building a Pathway for Growth

This post was written by elementary educator Kelly Gresalfi. This is a four-part series, with installments released weekly. We encourage you to follow Kelly’s journey this month and challenge you to engage in the questions at the end of each segment using the hashtag #ExploreReflectConnect. If you ask my mom, she would say I was always like this. But if you ask me, I was … Continue reading Harnessing a Cyclone: Reflecting on Success, Challenge, and Building a Pathway for Growth

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Black Lives Matter: A Message From Our Chief Education Officer

Dear Education Family,  Black lives matter.  We have witnessed ongoing injustice, violence, and deeply ingrained racism with the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and many others — the gravity and weight of which are heartbreaking. Racism, violence, and hate have no place in our world. At the National Geographic Society, we stand in support of human dignity, equity, and justice. … Continue reading Black Lives Matter: A Message From Our Chief Education Officer

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Creativity & COVID: A Lesson from Art Educators on the Importance of Creativity in a Crisis

At National Geographic Education, we see the work of educators encompassing a wide range of skills: flexibility, thoughtfulness, application of the most up-to-date content and pedagogy, relationship building, and so much more. A common thread across subjects and content, in every teaching setting—and now especially in the move to digital or hybrid learning—is the importance of creativity in your work designing learning experiences. You are … Continue reading Creativity & COVID: A Lesson from Art Educators on the Importance of Creativity in a Crisis

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A Recipe for Good Storytelling: Cooking, Cameras, Community and the Power of Photography to Change the World

Feature image by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Ark. This post was written by educator Jenna Conner-Harris. Photography is like cooking and baking: they are forms of art. All are done with love and care, meticulously created and crafted. Each work is meant to be better than the next, and then shared with others for enjoyment. Similarly, a photograph captures a slice of life and … Continue reading A Recipe for Good Storytelling: Cooking, Cameras, Community and the Power of Photography to Change the World

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Calling on Community and Embracing a Growth Identity

This post was written by educator Jennifer Burgin. Who do I want to be during COVID-19? The question appeared in the center of a graphic I saw recently on social media and it struck me—it was the first time I saw something that helped me unpack my evolving feelings during this time. The graphic features three concentric circles, each with a specific “zone”: fear, learning, … Continue reading Calling on Community and Embracing a Growth Identity

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#TeacherStrong: A Movement Always in the Making

This post was written by educator and 2020 Education Fellow Dwayne Reed. I am in one place right now, but my mind is in a million others. My thoughts are with my family and friends, but also with all of my scholars, their families, and their caregivers. I want to make sure all of my people are good, and all of my people’s people are … Continue reading #TeacherStrong: A Movement Always in the Making

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Strategy Share: How to Make Simple Videos to Transport Your Students and Transform Their Learning

Our Strategy Share series features innovative ideas, projects, and approaches from our community of educators. This post was written by Ben Graves after his expedition to Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education. A lot of us are using digital video to connect with our students during this difficult new reality of distance learning in which we are … Continue reading Strategy Share: How to Make Simple Videos to Transport Your Students and Transform Their Learning

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It is OK to Just Do OK

This post was written by educator Dr. Kerri Westgard. There are lots of things I wish were different now, one of them being that I wish I had time to write down and process all that is happening. But out of nowhere, I suddenly don’t have time. Moving to distance learning with our students has blindsided me—the enormity of it all, on top of the … Continue reading It is OK to Just Do OK

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Celebrate Citizen Science Month: Collect, Collaborate, and Learn from Anywhere

This post was written by educator & 2019 National Geographic Education Fellow Anne Lewis. I might not be paying attention to the days or weeks anymore, but there’s one thing on my calendar that I’ve been celebrating in April and that’s Citizen Science Month. What is “citizen science”? It is when members of the public–like you!–participate in real scientific research. This could be anything big … Continue reading Celebrate Citizen Science Month: Collect, Collaborate, and Learn from Anywhere

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Seeing The World in New Ways: Conquering Failures, Moonwalks, and Exploration During a Pandemic

This post was written by educator A’ndrea Fisher. We’re all seeing the world through a new lens. We’re all, in many ways, learning. And I’ve learned something new about myself: I had no idea I could completely fail at so many things. Hear me out. A few weeks ago, we began an “extended spring break” and, ever since then, I’ve been challenging myself to learn … Continue reading Seeing The World in New Ways: Conquering Failures, Moonwalks, and Exploration During a Pandemic

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Educator Spotlight: Seeing the World Through Math

Kimberly Mizenko challenged her students to see math in the world around them and use it to make sense of big data, such as endangered species, which felt important to her and engaging for her class. Kimberly led her students in an investigation to use data and graphing to make predictions and understand the many local and global factors that influence species worldwide, and ultimately … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Seeing the World Through Math

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Teaching in a Time of Crisis: Connection, Community, and Curiosity at a Distance

This post was written by 2020 Education Fellow Kim Young. I’ve never experienced anything like this. Disruptions in teaching are frequent, both big and small. Every day we come to school with a plan but often something totally different happens. As we find out where our students, community, and administrators are at, we adjust our plan throughout the day. But in my 16 years of … Continue reading Teaching in a Time of Crisis: Connection, Community, and Curiosity at a Distance

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Meet the 2020 National Geographic Education Fellows!

Each year, the National Geographic Society selects outstanding individuals to serve as Education Fellows who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in the education space. Our fellowship program is instrumental in accelerating the education strategy at National Geographic. Our fellows bring unique skills and expertise with a focus on innovative project development, project leadership, emerging issues, and idea incubation. The program provides an opportunity for fellows … Continue reading Meet the 2020 National Geographic Education Fellows!

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Educator Spotlight: Finding Solutions for Invasive Species

High school biology teacher Beth Quinones worked with a team of educators to engage students in researching invasive species, developing a management plan, and communicating the plan to their target audience. Beth and her collaborators brought in invasive species professionals to deepen students’ understanding of the issue and organized a community event where students shared their management plans and calls to action. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Finding Solutions for Invasive Species

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A Graduation Celebration to Remember

At 17,500 feet of elevation, two young scientists celebrated the graduation of a lifetime at the top of Mount Everest.  For a few months in 2019, Heather Clifford and Laura Mattas were part of a scientific expedition led by the National Geographic Society and Tribhuvan University, and supported in partnership with Rolex that was the most comprehensive single scientific expedition to Mt. Everest in history. The … Continue reading A Graduation Celebration to Remember

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Strategy Share: Using Photographs to Enhance Storytelling and Geography Skills

When I traveled to South Georgia as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, I felt compelled to read Alfred Lansing’s Endurance, about Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated attempt to transect Antarctica. Shackleton came to South Georgia to get help for the men he left on another Antarctic island. I was intrigued by his perilous journey and wanted to re-enact this epic trek on South Georgia once I got there. Unfortunately, in all the excitement of seeing icebergs, dodging fur seals, and trekking up snowy hills, I forgot to do my re-enactment. Continue reading Strategy Share: Using Photographs to Enhance Storytelling and Geography Skills

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Strategy Share: Starting and Growing a Movement

Our Strategy Share series features innovative ideas, projects, and approaches from our community of educators. This post was written by 2019 Education Fellow Rue Mapp. I am an incidental movement maker. When I started Outdoor Afro as a blog from my kitchen table in 2009, it wasn’t about creating a movement or what became a national network that celebrates and inspires African American connections with … Continue reading Strategy Share: Starting and Growing a Movement

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Strategy Share: Expanding Our Worldview, One Conversation at a Time

You could have heard a pin drop in the room, it was so silent. As the Lindblad Expeditions ship National Geographic Explorer made her way through the midnight blue, choppy waters of the Arctic Ocean near Pond Inlet, Nunavut, we all listened; absorbed, transported. National Geographic Explorer Jennifer Kingsley was sharing a recorded interview with the Elverum family from her project Meet the North, which involved interviewing people who live above the Arctic Circle throughout Nunavut, Svalbard, Iceland, Russia, Alaska, and Greenland. Continue reading Strategy Share: Expanding Our Worldview, One Conversation at a Time

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Educator Spotlight: Investigating Ecosystem Diversity

Zana Pouncey, an educator at a botanical garden, asked students to step into the shoes of botanists studying the diversity of native plants in an ecosystem. Following methods used by the garden’s conservation team, students practiced identifying plants and conducted diversity surveys. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Investigating Ecosystem Diversity

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Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Max Garon

Max Garon is a sophomore at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. He won the D.C. GeoBee three times and finished tied for seventh nationally in 2017. He traces his interest in geography to watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup and reading National Geographic books growing up. Edited excerpts of our conversation follow. Q: What was it like competing in the national finals? Max Garon … Continue reading Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Max Garon

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Strategy Share: Stop Motion Filmmakers in the Classroom

How does one even begin to process the professional development of a lifetime as an educator explorer in Arctic Svalbard? Every waking minute was extraordinary, exhilarating, beautiful and captivating. My experiences included witnessing polar bears curiously checking out the humans, blue whales showing off their flukes, and juvenile Arctic foxes playing with their food. Continue reading Strategy Share: Stop Motion Filmmakers in the Classroom

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Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Shriya Yarlagadda

Shriya Yarlagadda, a high school junior from Grand Blanc, Mich., credits the GeoBee with helping her develop self-confidence and a “more nuanced perspective” on world events. She finished second in the 2015 GeoBee national finals, and more recently appeared on the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament. Edited excerpts of our conversation follow. Q: How has studying geography made you more of a global citizen? Shriya Yarlagadda (SY): … Continue reading Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Shriya Yarlagadda

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Educator Spotlight: Supporting Monarch Butterflies

Shernina Nichols led her second-graders through an exploration of monarch butterflies, including their life cycle and migration routes. Learning about the challenges monarchs face to survive inspired students to plant milkweed on their school campus and advocate for community members to support the butterflies. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Supporting Monarch Butterflies

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Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Matthew McDonald

Matthew McDonald is a high school freshman from West Orange, N.J., which he calls “the best town in the whole state.” He won the 2019 New Jersey state GeoBee and is considering a career as a civil engineer or city planner. He spoke with us for our series “Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion.” Edited excerpts of our conversation follow. Q: You qualified for GeoBee … Continue reading Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Matthew McDonald

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Strategy Share: Coding and Innovation for Our Planet’s Future

On my Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship expedition to Norway, I saw first-hand evidence of our changing global climate and developed the passion and desire to ask, “What can we do?” In my classroom, I have developed a culture of innovation and technological design. Was there a way I could work with my students to develop innovative, technological solutions to increase their awareness of our global impact? Continue reading Strategy Share: Coding and Innovation for Our Planet’s Future

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Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Grace Rembert

Grace Rembert, a high school senior from Bozeman, Mont., qualified three times for the GeoBee national championship and finished fourth overall in 2016. In this installment of “Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion,” she reflects on her experience and offers some tried-and-true study tips. Edited excerpts of our conversation follow. Q: What’s one memorable moment from your time at nationals? Grace Rembert (GR): In my … Continue reading Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Grace Rembert

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Educator Spotlight: Advocating for Wildlife Conservation

Charlie Pettitt empowered his English as a Second Language (ESL) students in China to advocate for an issue they cared about: wildlife conservation. When Charlie connected his lesson to a topic relevant to his students, they were more willing to speak up, practice their environmental vocabulary, and explore solutions. Charlie implemented this project with eighth-graders. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Advocating for Wildlife Conservation

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Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Nihar Janga

Nihar Janga is the reigning National Geographic GeoBee champion. His victory came with a $25,000 scholarship and a Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands. We caught up with Nihar in his hometown of Austin, Texas, during the annual conference of the National Council for Geographic Education. Edited excerpts of our conversation follow. Q: What got you interested in geography? Nihar Janga (NJ): After I did … Continue reading Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Nihar Janga

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Strategy Share: Environmental Stewardship Through Field-Guide Drawing

While on an expedition in southeast Alaska, I had the privilege of sharing the ship with several young naturalists. These enthusiastic participants in our expedition, ages 6-13, were especially passionate about identifying wildlife. I worked with them to observe, draw, and classify plankton captured with a small trawl net on one of our stops. In my own observations, I was also drawn to our shipboard Sibley’s Guide to Birds, an extraordinary resource for identifying various gulls, puffins, and other birds. Continue reading Strategy Share: Environmental Stewardship Through Field-Guide Drawing

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Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Lucy Chae

Lucy Chae, a high school senior from Newton, Mass., won the 2015 Massachusetts state GeoBee and finished eighth nationally. She is the first subject of our new interview series, “Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion.” Edited excerpts of our conversation follow. Q: How has studying geography made you more of a global citizen? Lucy Chae (LC): I definitely think just being aware of the details … Continue reading Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Lucy Chae

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Overheard: A high school quest for a fallen meteorite

“A fireball from outer space crashed into one of Earth’s biggest lakes. Scientists didn’t know how to find it. So they called in just the right people for the job—an actor and a bunch of teenagers.”  That’s how Overheard at National Geographic host Peter Gwin opens season 2, episode 6, a journey into taking a chance even when the odds may not always work in your … Continue reading Overheard: A high school quest for a fallen meteorite

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Educator Spotlight: Exploring Social Inequities Through Storytelling

Laura Chase’s 11th-grade biology students investigated social inequities that impact their local communities. Collaborating with a humanities teacher, Laura asked her students to draw from the analytical skills they learned in science, the persuasive methods they learned in English, and the technical skills they learned in film in order to communicate their stories in a thoughtful way. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Exploring Social Inequities Through Storytelling

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GIS in the Classroom: A Conversation with Ali Pressel & Kyle Tredinnick

In October 2019, Teacher Advisory Council members Ali Pressel and Kyle Tredinnick hosted a breakout session titled “StoryMaps: Building a GeoHabit” at National Geographic’s Education Summit. ArcGIS StoryMaps is a system that allows users to tell digital stories with text, interactive maps, imagery, and more. The two high school teachers value this skillset and geographic information systems (GIS) in the classroom as they prepare students … Continue reading GIS in the Classroom: A Conversation with Ali Pressel & Kyle Tredinnick

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Strategy Share: Employing Map Talks in the Classroom

Maps provide opportunities to look into the experiences of other people and consider what life may be like in other places. They are unique windows onto the rest of the world’s stories. I use Map Talks in my classroom to help my students read the stories that maps offer us and allow them to draw conclusions based on clues from the maps. Continue reading Strategy Share: Employing Map Talks in the Classroom

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How a team of fifth graders is helping to clean up New York’s Hudson River

This post highlights the 2018-19 GeoChallenge nationals winners, The Navigators: Natanel Rozic, Jeremiah Pierre, Alex Jun, and Victor Jimenez  Students in grades four through eight can tackle real-world issues just like National Geographic Explorers by participating in the National Geographic GeoChallenge. Teams between four and six students engage in a project-based, multilevel competition focused on developing creative solutions to today’s urgent environmental problems. Those with the … Continue reading How a team of fifth graders is helping to clean up New York’s Hudson River

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Strategy Share: Celebrating World Cultures in the Elementary Classroom

Our Strategy Share series features innovative ideas, projects, and approaches from our community of educators. This post was written by educator Julie Yeros. Hi! I’m Julie Yeros, an elementary educator and creator of Globe Trottin’ Kids—a global learning website for students and educators. While my home base is in the beautiful state of Colorado, I have family scattered across three continents. Last spring, I wrote … Continue reading Strategy Share: Celebrating World Cultures in the Elementary Classroom

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Literacy Moves: Online reading with Explorer magazine

by Jim Bentley, fifth-grade teacher, National Geographic Fellow and Explorer “Hey! It’s moving!” a student called out. “Which page?” asked an elbow partner. With a flurry of mouse clicks, my fifth graders were frenetically exploring their first online version of Explorer magazine. Some were vocal, excitedly sharing with partners the cool features they found on their screens, like a looping video of a lizard scurrying … Continue reading Literacy Moves: Online reading with Explorer magazine

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Explorer magazine announces second annual Women in Science issue

A conservationist who protects elephants harmed by Mozambique’s civil war. A geoarchaeologist who conducts underwater excavations in the Mediterranean, looking for evidence of past tsunamis. An ecologist who works to save sea turtles in Central America by outwitting egg poachers. What do these people have in common? All are women. National Geographic Explorer magazine returns with its second annual Women in Science issue, sharing the … Continue reading Explorer magazine announces second annual Women in Science issue