Exploring by the Seat of Our Pants

Joe Grabowski is a sixth and eighth grade science and math teacher in Guelph, Ontario. He has been teaching for five years. My classes use technology to explore the world. In the last year and a half we’ve connected, via Skype and Google Hangout, with more than 70 scientists, explorers, and conservationists from around the world—all without ever leaving our desks. We call it “Exploring … Continue reading Exploring by the Seat of Our Pants

Educator of the Week Shares Pen Pal Programming Activity

Sarah Venkatesh is a technology integration specialist at a K-8 independent school  in Austin, Texas. One class she currently teaches is Global Citizens, a required 5th grade class that is a fusion of study skills, current events, and technology and enhances curriculum from math, science, and global studies classes. Activity: Programming Interactive Cultural Greeting Cards Grade Level: 5th Time Commitment: Several weeks for the whole … Continue reading Educator of the Week Shares Pen Pal Programming Activity

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Educator of the Week Shares UNICEF Birthday Activity

Candace Voigt is an early childhood teacher at a Montessori school in Michigan. She has been teaching for 35 years. Activity: UNICEF Birthday Celebration Grade Level: any Time Commitment: Presentations take about 15 minutes. The UNICEF theme continues throughout the school year. One example of a classroom activity that teaches interconnectedness is our UNICEF birthday celebration. Each child becomes a UNICEF sponsor on his or … Continue reading Educator of the Week Shares UNICEF Birthday Activity

Educator of the Week Showcases Black History Project

Angela Crawford is a two-time National Board Certified English teacher in Mobile, Alabama and a 2014 Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. Check out Angela’s blog to hear more about her trip to Iceland and creative teaching methods. Activity: Black History Month Project-Based Unit Grade Level: 11 – 12 Time Commitment: 4 weeks During Black History Month, my Advanced Placement students embark on … Continue reading Educator of the Week Showcases Black History Project

Sarah Lavezzo: Peacebuilding Toolkit

Sarah Lavezzo, this week’s Educator of the Week, is an enrichment teacher for grades 1-5 at an elementary school in Washington, D.C. She previously taught fifth grade. This is her second year using the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Peacebuilding Toolkit with her students. Activity: Peacebuilding Grade Level: 1-5 Time Commitment: fifteen 45-minute sessions (can be modified to be longer/shorter) While teaching fifth grade, I attended a … Continue reading Sarah Lavezzo: Peacebuilding Toolkit