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
Educator Becky Schnekser employs the Explorer Mindset teaching strategy in her classroom, and shares how she turned her classroom into a spelunking expedition. Continue reading Strategy Share: Creating Experiences Rather Than “Lessons”
I’ve found that Young Explorer magazine emphasizes to my learners that they are explorers. They see themselves in this identity, and the magazine allows them to tap into that mindset cross-curricularly. It also shows them diverse models of exploration as well as topics they may have not considered before. Continue reading Give Your Students a Subscription to Exploration with Explorer magazine!
I recently found myself face-to-face with a giant tortoise. I was filming his eating behaviors in a field on Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos Islands. I was there on assignment—not for a nature show, but for a group of 10-year-olds. Continue reading Strategy Share: Exploring the World Through Documentary Filmmaking
Springtime for teachers can waver between exhaustion and exhilaration. “Interestingly enough,” one educator noted in an ASCD essay on End of the Year Reflections, “I would find myself re-energized and ready to start daydreaming about my next year. What would my students be like? How could I rearrange my room? What new practices could I implement that would totally overhaul and revolutionize my instruction? My … Continue reading Pick Up Your End-of-Year Energy with Our Professional Development Opportunities