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

What’s Up with KitKat in Japan?

WORLD Japan is a KitKat-lover’s paradise, with so many unique varieties—an estimated 300—that some travelers visit Japan just to try them. (Los Angeles Times) How is KitKat a case study in globalization? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The great L.A. Times article describes the globalization of the KitKat candy bar. What are KitKats? KitKat, … Continue reading What’s Up with KitKat in Japan?

Why Are There So Many Conflicts in Mountainous Regions?

GEOGRAPHY Mountains stand as a symbol of both solidarity and isolation. This is particularly true for the various rebel groups and militias that have used rugged terrain to resist central governing authorities. (World Policy Blog) Where have mountain ranges helped define ongoing political conflicts? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Take a look at … Continue reading Why Are There So Many Conflicts in Mountainous Regions?

This Week in Thanksgiving History

In place of our usual “This Week in Geographic History,” here’s a look at some of our Thanksgiving-themed content. Check out our Pinterest board for more related resources! Thursday, November 23 TDIGH: Thanksgiving Though not proclaimed a national holiday in the U.S. until 1863, feasts of thanksgiving were held as early as 1541 by the Spanish conquistadores. Maps: New York Toponyms Where Did the Pilgrims … Continue reading This Week in Thanksgiving History

Educator Spotlight: Teaching Literature’s Living Canon

Topher Kandik, this week’s Educator of the Week, is Washington D.C.’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. Throughout his nine years teaching, Topher has worked to elevate young voices as much as possible. He believes the best learning experiences come out of student ideas. Topher is a high school English teacher at The SEED School of Washington, D.C. You started your career in arts administration. How … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Teaching Literature’s Living Canon