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Illuminating Instruction: “Internalizing” a Resource to Make it Your Own

This post was written by science educator Ronak Shah. There are a lot of incredible things about teaching middle school science: from the naturally inquiry-oriented content, to the myriad opportunities for collaboration, to the many labs and activities in our arsenal to make learning come alive for students. Obviously, with the closures of schools around the country now, teaching is a little bit different. Thankfully, … Continue reading Illuminating Instruction: “Internalizing” a Resource to Make it Your Own

How to Use Mirror and Window Books to Encourage Global Citizenship

This post was written by educator Julie Yeros. Some of the most powerful tools in the classroom are books. And in my elementary classroom, diverse picture books helped propel my students toward learning about themselves and the world around them.  As a teacher, I loved to travel during holiday breaks and summers. My students were excited to hear where I had gone and what I … Continue reading How to Use Mirror and Window Books to Encourage Global Citizenship

19 Best Practices for Teaching Live Sessions

This post was written by educator Emily Vizzo. Back-to-school season is here, and for many educators, that means more distance learning. Despite the distance, though, you’re still the same kind, caring, and skilled educator. Positive energy, curiosity, and support translate through the screen, and your students can feel it. Much of your existing practice can still be effective online. Higher-order questions, Socratic seminar, free writes, … Continue reading 19 Best Practices for Teaching Live Sessions

15+ National Geographic Education Resources For Engaging Online Lessons

This post was written by educator Emily Vizzo. Many teachers found themselves teaching online for the first time when COVID-19 shut down schools last spring. Making that transition from classroom to online learning may feel overwhelming, but evidence-based practices, teaching strategies, and professional intuition still translate to a virtual environment! Having high-quality, age-appropriate, and interesting resources at your fingertips can help keep students engaged, even … Continue reading 15+ National Geographic Education Resources For Engaging Online Lessons

Place-Based Learning: Exploring and Unpacking the World from Anywhere

This post was written by teacher coach and consultant James Fester. “When will this decade of a month be over?”  I recently stumbled across this deeply resonant tweet as I struggle to make online learning work. As the pandemic drags on and more states release their complicated back-to-school plans, I find myself immobilized with worry and stress, longing for simpler times when travel, collaboration, and … Continue reading Place-Based Learning: Exploring and Unpacking the World from Anywhere