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Meet Becky Schnekser

Well, hello there! My name is Becky, and I am an elementary science teacher in Virginia Beach, Virginia! I am an avid science nerd, athlete, Washington football fan, Twitter-er, Instagrammer, dance mom, soccer mom, and just living that teacher life. I love being in the field, whether it’s on my school campus, a local park, or the Peruvian Amazon. In the field, no matter the … Continue reading Meet Becky Schnekser

Music in Our Schools, Music in Your Classroom!

The National Association for Music Education recognizes Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM) as a time to “raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children—and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music.” Here are five ways you can integrate music into geography, language arts, civics, and social studies classrooms. Use our diverse resources to explore … Continue reading Music in Our Schools, Music in Your Classroom!

11 Things We Learned This Week

This week, we learned … … why white school districts have so much more money. How does the Census help inform to how schools are funded?   … climate change might make some clouds extinct. That’s right, clouds. What do clouds have to do with weather and climate?   … creatures in the deepest, darkest part of the ocean are eating plastic. How is plastic … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week

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Developing a “National Geographic Explorer” Mindset in the Classroom

Teachers are constantly engaging with others—students, parents, and colleagues—yet they are the only ones with a complete understanding of their classrooms and practices. As a result, being a teacher can be lonely. I taught at a small school. I loved my colleagues on my social studies team; we shared resources and supported each other. Still, if I wanted to integrate new ideas into my curriculum, … Continue reading Developing a “National Geographic Explorer” Mindset in the Classroom

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Strategy Share: Teaching Literacy in the Science Classroom

“How can my students learn literacy in a science classroom?” As a science teacher, I frequently hear this question from my colleagues. It is easy to confuse literacy for the act of learning to read, when really literacy is the act of reading to learn. This confusion can make non-language arts teachers believe that literacy is not a part of their instruction. Continue reading Strategy Share: Teaching Literacy in the Science Classroom