Educator Heidi Ragsdale wrote this post. Living in a state with some of the highest peaks in the United States, I often wonder about the amazing views from these mountaintops. In 2015, I got to see one firsthand when I traveled to the top of Imogene Pass in the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. Time stood still as I took in the vista surrounding … Continue reading Unpacking the Everest StoryMap: My Four Instructional Tips
It’s August. Everywhere you look on education blogs or edu-Twitter, there are posts about going back to school. I know—I’ve written my fair share of them. Last year, I wrote about using centers for the first day of school and this year I wrote about relationships mattering more than content. But as you read about great ideas for the first day of school and building … Continue reading How will you tell your students about YOU?
When teaching geography (and every subject) we need diverse voices. We need to push back against dominant narratives that amplify some perspectives (usually of those in power) and erase or ignore others. With this in mind, my co-teacher and I created a new activity to shed light on who we focus on and where they tend to be from. We hoped to encourage students to … Continue reading What Continent Do You Think They Are From? Drawing Humans to Reveal Internalized Bias
By Kristen Bednarz Director of Marketing, National Geographic Society When the yellow-framed student version of a National Geographic Society publication arrives in classrooms, it brings an eagerness to explore—and not just to its student readership. National Geographic’s Explorer magazine reminds us adults of the magic we felt as kids when we read (or, in my case, looked at photos) in the original magazine. I remember collecting … Continue reading Across the ‘Blackboard’, Explorer Magazine Sparks Curiosity
Outdoor Classroom Day is May 18! Get ready with these great ideas from Nat Geo Educators! 1. Gardening Becky Collins, a teacher at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, created a gardening program for her kindergarten students, teaching them about where food comes from and how it’s grown. Through this project, Becky has convinced her pickiest eaters to try broccoli, and in the process she has … Continue reading 10 Ways to Take Your Classroom Outside!