Educator Spotlight: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Blade Shepherd-Jones led students through a hands-on study of the hazards of marine debris. Students explored the effects of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on the marine animals native to the Hawaiian islands and their beachfront community. Their study culminated in student-led nature clean-ups, after which students made sculptures from debris depicting animals affected by marine pollution. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Weekly Warm-Up: STEM Education Resources

This week is National Robotics Week! It’s a great time to get to know robots—and design one yourself! It’s also a great time to revisit STEM and some great ways to incorporate these concepts into your classroom.  It seems like every school year there is a new buzzword, everything from rigor to flipped classroom to grit. Time will tell which of these concepts have staying … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: STEM Education Resources

Exploring by the Seat of Our Pants

Joe Grabowski is a sixth and eighth grade science and math teacher in Guelph, Ontario. He has been teaching for five years. My classes use technology to explore the world. In the last year and a half we’ve connected, via Skype and Google Hangout, with more than 70 scientists, explorers, and conservationists from around the world—all without ever leaving our desks. We call it “Exploring … Continue reading Exploring by the Seat of Our Pants

Teacher with students holding peace doves.

Educator of the Week Shares Doves for Peace Project

Larisa Tarasevich is an English teacher in rural Siberia. She has been teaching for 22 years. Activity: Doves for Peace Grades: 2-11 I’ve been practicing international collaboration with schools around the world for many years. My classes have participated in parcel, toy, book, and card exchanges; pen pals; and blogging. We use Skype to interview interesting people, for cultural exchange, to participate in Mystery Skype, … Continue reading Educator of the Week Shares Doves for Peace Project

Educator of the Week Flying Classroom Resource

Natalie Coleman is the Science and Social Science Program Coordinator at Joliet Public Schools District 86 in Illinois. She has 10 years of experience in education. Activity: The Flying Classroom Grades: 6-8 Time: Ongoing Learning takes flight with Barrington Irving—literally! This year our district introduced our junior high students, who are part of our National Geographic Bee Club, to The Flying Classroom. The Flying Classroom is a … Continue reading Educator of the Week Flying Classroom Resource