After ten years in the classroom, I can attest that children have a natural propensity for wonder. At the same time, I wholeheartedly believe it’s my responsibility to cultivate their curiosity and wonder. I do this by deliberately employing strategies and designing experiences that celebrate an inquisitive nature and build students’ confidence in wondering about the world. Below are two practical strategies I encourage you to try. Continue reading Strategy Share: Cultivating a Sense of Wonder with Early Elementary Students
Good geographers combine information from different sources to arrive at logical conclusions. Through participating in the National Geographic GeoBee, your students will use the knowledge they have of the basic patterns of climate, geology, vegetation, landforms, human settlement, history, migration, and commerce—combined with their knowledge of regions and place-names—to answer questions. GeoBee questions are designed to teach students about these topics in varied ways, and … Continue reading Are your students ready for the GeoBee? Let’s help them prepare!
Case studies are an excellent instrument for teaching that can be used across subject areas. They allow students to dig into learning because they connect complex concepts to the real world. The creation process is valuable in itself. I couldn’t let this opportunity pass my students by; I had to involve them in the process. Continue reading Strategy Share: Empowering Students to Create Case Studies
This Friday (December 21) marks the December solstice—the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and the longest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere. The maximum difference in daylight between the June solstice and the December solstice is a whopping five hours and 50 minutes! As schools wind down for holidays, take some time to introduce the solstice through Earth science, … Continue reading Io Saturnalia! Throw Some Shade! Use Science, Physics, and Culture to Teach the Solstice to Your Students
This week, we learned … … how industrial runoff can kill us in ways we could never even imagine. Read of the week! How else does runoff impact the environment? Use our picture-of-practice to learn more. … global carbon emissions have reached an all-time high. What are carbon emissions? Use our picture-of-practice to learn more. … dogs and cats burned by the California … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned this Week