Stepping Back into the School Year

The time has arrived to enter into a new school year. This summer I focused on decompressing from the previous 18 months of pandemic teaching. I found the need to decompress and remove myself from all things associated with teaching was very necessary for my overall well-being. Additionally, the process of decompressing was difficult and unnatural. As an educator, my summers traditionally center on professional learning throughout to improve my abilities. Yet, this summer I found my brain could not handle any form of learning. When I would attempt to do anything related to school, my brain just shut off. This was really telling. 18 months of intense teaching and learning clearly took its toll on my ability to process and engage. My body was literally telling me to stop all that I had traditionally done throughout the summer and focus on rebuilding, restoring, and recalibrating. Continue reading Stepping Back into the School Year

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I Saw the Arctic Up Close. Now I’m Using It to Teach Math.

I believe it is essential that educators interweave climate literacy into all contents. We need to respect and be responsible for our world. We can do this by recognizing we are all leaders and problem solvers and by helping young people see themselves as capable of solving this crisis. They can make a difference, but we need to empower them. That is my role. Continue reading I Saw the Arctic Up Close. Now I’m Using It to Teach Math.

Slow Down… Explore!

Anyone can be an explorer and can notice interesting things about the world around them. You do not have to go somewhere far away or exotic, you just have to be curious and spend time looking. In today’s environment, a lot of people feel uncomfortable spending unstructured time outside and need help figuring out how to slow down. I worked with my teen volunteering group, the Green Teens, to explore this concept and come up with ways for parents to support their kids in spending time together outside. All of the activities that we developed together were posted on the Museum’s social media sites for parents to use. Families did not need to have access to a backyard or any sort of complicated materials.  Continue reading Slow Down… Explore!

National Geographic Society and Lindblad Expeditions Announce the 14th Annual Cohort of Grosvenor Teacher Fellows

This post was written by Chief Education Officer Vicki Phillips. Around this time last year, 50 exemplary educators were selected to receive a Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship, a field-based professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions. A month after the cohort was informed of their selection, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world and travel was put on hold—along with their fellowship … Continue reading National Geographic Society and Lindblad Expeditions Announce the 14th Annual Cohort of Grosvenor Teacher Fellows

5+ Resources to Help Students Explore the World from Home

This post was written by K-5th special projects teacher Jennifer Burgin. In March, our worlds felt topsy-turvy. Schools closed, children went home, families encountered one another all day. In a blog post, I shared how it impacted my teacher’s heart, and how I was spurred to action through encouragement from my National Geographic Education peers. This perpetuated across the summer and into the Fall, and … Continue reading 5+ Resources to Help Students Explore the World from Home