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11 Things We Learned This Week

This week, we learned … … “The science says to us that, in fact, the way the brain functions and grows, it needs safety, it needs warmth, it actually even needs hugs. We actually learn in a state of positive emotion much more effectively than we can learn in a state of negative emotion. That has huge implications for what we do in schools.” Learn … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week

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2018 GeoBee Champ Celebrates Big Win in the Galápagos

The 2018 National Geographic GeoBee Champion, Venkat Ranjan (a.k.a. Venky), recently experienced a “life-changing” week aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II in the Galápagos Islands.   In addition to a college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, Ranjan won an all-expenses-paid expedition when he took top honors at the 30th annual National Geographic GeoBee last May. The trip was provided by … Continue reading 2018 GeoBee Champ Celebrates Big Win in the Galápagos

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Strategy Share: Cultivating a Sense of Wonder with Early Elementary Students

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

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Meet the 2019 National Geographic Education Fellows!

Each year, the National Geographic Society selects outstanding educators to serve as Education Fellows. It is with pride, admiration, and enthusiasm that we announce our 2019 class. The goal of the National Geographic Fellows program is to empower and elevate individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences who have demonstrated leadership and excellence, and provide them an opportunity to develop and/or lead an … Continue reading Meet the 2019 National Geographic Education Fellows!

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What’s Your New Year’s Resolution? We Have Five Ways to Help You Keep It!

Did you know that the United States government has a resource to help you achieve some of the most common resolutions? (Yes, the PDF is still available during the shutdown.) I’ll bet most people can guess the resolutions that made the list: losing weight, managing stress, saving money and getting a better education, among others. Did your resolution focus on education? If so, congrats! You’re already … Continue reading What’s Your New Year’s Resolution? We Have Five Ways to Help You Keep It!