From Curious Child to Chemistry Teacher: My #ExplorerMindset Journey

There are so many ways to foster an Explorer Mindset. You don’t have to travel to the African savanna to be an explorer! Enroll in the Explorer Mindset course to learn more, for your own professional development as well to learn how to integrate an Explorer Mindset into your classroom instruction. Continue reading From Curious Child to Chemistry Teacher: My #ExplorerMindset Journey

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How We Tell Stories Will Shape Our History, Our Land, and Our People

I love my city. I’m sure you love yours just as much and feel like your community holds the same importance, whether you live in America or somewhere else in the world. And it does, as do the people who live within it. This is the essence of #2892MilestoGo: Take your step to tell the stories within your community that deserve to be heard.  Continue reading How We Tell Stories Will Shape Our History, Our Land, and Our People

Why we are collecting #BothAndStories from educators this week

At National Geographic, our mission is centered on storytelling and education, as well as science and exploration. As a year like no other begins to wind down, we are creating a space for educators to share their stories via an interactive story map. The name Both/And stems from the tensions this last year brought to so many of us – strength and struggle, hope and healing. We know this has been especially true for educators who have been on the frontlines of the pandemic. We’ve seen you work tirelessly to support your students and school communities, and we are humbled to share our platform with you to document this moment. We’ve also timed this project with Teacher Appreciation Week here in the US, because the best way to show our appreciation is to honor your stories and invite others to read and reflect on them. Continue reading Why we are collecting #BothAndStories from educators this week

How Planning Remote Plant-Based Lessons Made Me Into a Student Again

During a time when many of us were spending day after day in the same spaces, it felt vital to renew our appreciation of the outdoor spaces that were still accessible to us, like our own backyards. Quite literally. I leaned on the National Geographic Learning Framework as a guide to create lessons and activities that asked students to go outside and engage with the ecosystems surrounding them. I focused on fostering curious attitudes, observation skills, and knowledge of wildlife and our changing planet. Each week from March to the end of the school year, we released “Science at Home” lessons to support students exploring nature from home. The activities covered a range of topics from compost to pollinators and had options to scale up or down depending on grade level. Our lessons aimed to transform things we might encounter every day into fun activities. A dandelion in the park could now be used for an experiment on osmosis, made into a nature bracelet, or baked into a cookie. Continue reading How Planning Remote Plant-Based Lessons Made Me Into a Student Again

How You Can Teach About The Earth In Any Classroom All Year Long

For educators, Earth Day is an interdisciplinary opportunity to illustrate for students how love for and protection of the Earth is relevant across contents and to inspire young people to take action for the planet each and every day beyond the scope of the classroom. For the 3 educators who follow, Earth Day inspires a creative approach to conservation, a love for nature, and a passion for change – regardless of content. Continue reading How You Can Teach About The Earth In Any Classroom All Year Long