Weekly Warm-Up: 5 Ways We are Warming Up on Snow Days

When it comes to winter, those of us who reside in chilly regions welcome snow days as a break from reality. After snow falls, the world is transformed into a different place. When snow covers everything, nothing seems dirty, nothing seems disturbed. But underneath it all, something is disturbed. Climate change impacts where and when snowfall happens, and also where snow accumulates and stays for … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: 5 Ways We are Warming Up on Snow Days

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

Educator Spotlight: Exploring History Through Reading and Writing

Kristi Barnes engaged her sixth-grade world history students in an exploration of reading and writing around the world. By supplementing a unit on ancient Japan with haiku writing exercises and the novel Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, she helped students make personal connections to the material. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Exploring History Through Reading and Writing

Strategy Share: Immersing Your Students in a Place They’ve Never Been

The following post was written by 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Jackie Grannis-Phoenix, a pre-K and kindergarten teacher at the Children’s House Montessori School in Camden, Maine, after her expedition to Southeast Alaska. The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program is a professional development opportunity for pre-K–12 educators made possible by a partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education. Have you ever traveled somewhere and thought to yourself, “Oh, my students would … Continue reading Strategy Share: Immersing Your Students in a Place They’ve Never Been

Why We Kiss Under Mistletoe And Toast With Eggnog

WORLD Why do we kiss under mistletoe and toast with eggnog? Who decided we should eat jelly doughnuts for Hanukkah? And where do poinsettias come from? (NPR) What activities or characteristics help define a culture? Use our fun gallery to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Jelly doughnuts are a Hanukkah treat. What … Continue reading Why We Kiss Under Mistletoe And Toast With Eggnog