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The Role of Identity in Anti-Racist Pedagogy

This post was written by Climate Change and Climate Justice Programs Manager Nichole Berg. My childhood is full of cherished memories of time spent with my Aguilera family in Manly, Iowa. It was a period full of cheese-stuffed enchiladas, Maid-Rites, home-made tortillas filled with bologna and cheese and Great-Grandpa Ray’s fiery-hot salsa. It was best-friend cousins, softball, practical jokes, tire swings, chicken coops, and late … Continue reading The Role of Identity in Anti-Racist Pedagogy

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

Teacher Appreciation Week: The Dawn of Geo-Literacy

By Jennifer Burgin Most of the staff and learners at Oakridge are asleep when the sun rises, yet we benefit from Dawn’s light daily! Dawn Amin-Arsala runs Mosaic, a special program at Oakridge Elementary in Arlington, Virginia. Mosaic is, according to Dawn, “a cross-curricular exemplary project that celebrates diversity, values equity, and promotes deeper learning of Virginia’s curriculum content standards while fostering a sense of … Continue reading Teacher Appreciation Week: The Dawn of Geo-Literacy

Educator Spotlight: Exploring Human Geography Outside

Eric Carlson, this week’s Educator of the Week, is an American educator teaching human geography in Beijing, China. Eric is as passionate about geography as he is about teaching, and he uses his own personal travels to enhance his classes. In an effort to get his students out of the classroom and to bring geography to life, Eric created the Beijing Explorers Club, which tackles … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Exploring Human Geography Outside

Africa’s Dazzling Diversity

GEOGRAPHY Africa is not a country. It’s an entire continent filled with amazing, unparalleled diversity of languages, peoples and nations. New maps illustrate just how diverse Africa really is. Beware: You can spend hours here. (Mic) Learn more about Africa’s dazzling cultural diversity. Discussion Ideas Take a look at the map above, or click here to see the full-size, zoomable version. Why do you think Africa’s … Continue reading Africa’s Dazzling Diversity