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Illuminating Instruction: “Internalizing” a Resource to Make it Your Own

This post was written by science educator Ronak Shah. There are a lot of incredible things about teaching middle school science: from the naturally inquiry-oriented content, to the myriad opportunities for collaboration, to the many labs and activities in our arsenal to make learning come alive for students. Obviously, with the closures of schools around the country now, teaching is a little bit different. Thankfully, … Continue reading Illuminating Instruction: “Internalizing” a Resource to Make it Your Own

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How the MapMaker Tool Helps Us “Wrap Our Arms and Minds Around Our World”

This post was written by 2020 Education Fellow Anita Palmer. Early on in my teaching career, I asked my school’s social studies department chair if I could ever teach geography. And they said, “Anita, we teach world history, don’t you think that’s enough geography for one department?” I felt that was my call to action to use geographic information systems (GIS) to teach geography through … Continue reading How the MapMaker Tool Helps Us “Wrap Our Arms and Minds Around Our World”

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Geographic Perspectives with Jack Dangermond

This post was written by Dr. Vicki Phillips. As students are challenged with 21st-century issues, geography is a skill, insight, and vision that allows learners to better understand the interconnected world. Given the complex social, environmental, and political challenges today’s learners will inherit, we must leverage the power of geography to teach them to measure the impact of our actions.  That’s why I’m thrilled to continue … Continue reading Geographic Perspectives with Jack Dangermond

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“We All Can Be Storytellers” — How One Teacher Uses Storytelling to Improve Equity and Access

This post was written by Dr. Yajaira Fuentes-Tauber. A few years ago, I started to become interested in photography, and that year for Christmas, my father-in-law gave me the National Geographic Photo Ark book. Around the same time, our local children’s museum happened to have an exhibition on the Photo Ark. Looking at the photos of the species at risk, I realized that my 1-year-old … Continue reading “We All Can Be Storytellers” — How One Teacher Uses Storytelling to Improve Equity and Access

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Illuminating Instruction: Putting Science and Geography Together for Better Science Learning

This post was written by Jim McDonald, Professor of Science Education at Central Michigan University, a National Geographic Certified Educator, and educator. More than ever, our world is interconnected. Today’s students need to understand how the complex and dynamic human and natural systems interact to make smart decisions and function effectively. The study of geography is essential to the comprehension of how our world works. … Continue reading Illuminating Instruction: Putting Science and Geography Together for Better Science Learning