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Strategy Share: Expanding Our Worldview, One Conversation at a Time

You could have heard a pin drop in the room, it was so silent. As the Lindblad Expeditions ship National Geographic Explorer made her way through the midnight blue, choppy waters of the Arctic Ocean near Pond Inlet, Nunavut, we all listened; absorbed, transported. National Geographic Explorer Jennifer Kingsley was sharing a recorded interview with the Elverum family from her project Meet the North, which involved interviewing people who live above the Arctic Circle throughout Nunavut, Svalbard, Iceland, Russia, Alaska, and Greenland. Continue reading Strategy Share: Expanding Our Worldview, One Conversation at a Time

Strategy Share: Slow Down, Connect, and Flip Your Perspective

Shifting perspective, slowing down, and connecting to the greater world begins with us— educators who are also explorers. Remember: exploring includes finding ways to create classroom space for others to find magic as well. What are you waiting for, fellow #EducatorExplorers? Continue reading Strategy Share: Slow Down, Connect, and Flip Your Perspective

Strategy Share: Support Classroom Discussion by Incorporating Students’ Culture

Student discourse is a major component of any classroom. Teachers work to create a learning environment that fosters critical thought and provides a safe space for new ideas. There are a wide range of facilitation techniques designed to support classroom discussion, but they don’t always allow students to voice ideas based on their own understanding of the world. When we facilitate dialogue that feels separate from students’ lives, we limit the connections they can build. Continue reading Strategy Share: Support Classroom Discussion by Incorporating Students’ Culture

Strategy Share: Engaging the Five Senses for Lasting Impact

Snap. Crackle. Pop. After the first few weeks of class, I was sitting on my couch enjoying a lazy Saturday. The morning news was playing in the background and the porch door open. I could feel the balminess of a typical New Orleans day settle its way into the living room. Continue reading Strategy Share: Engaging the Five Senses for Lasting Impact

Strategy Share: Creating Podcasts in the Classroom

Student-created podcasts are a fun, creative way for students to learn and for teachers to assess content knowledge. In my experience, students have been completely engaged while they learned and reviewed information, practiced collaboration, conducted research, and presented their work to others. Continue reading Strategy Share: Creating Podcasts in the Classroom