Strategy Share: Cultivating a Sense of Wonder with Early Elementary Students

After ten years in the classroom, I can attest that children have a natural propensity for wonder. At the same time, I wholeheartedly believe it’s my responsibility to cultivate their curiosity and wonder. I do this by deliberately employing strategies and designing experiences that celebrate an inquisitive nature and build students’ confidence in wondering about the world. Below are two practical strategies I encourage you to try. Continue reading Strategy Share: Cultivating a Sense of Wonder with Early Elementary Students

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

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Map It! with Young Children

By Christina Riska, National Geographic Education Do you remember the first map you saw? When a map of the world showed the United States in pink, did you think it was literally a pink country? You may not now, but this is a common misconception when kids ages 3 to 6 see areas displayed this way. As adults, maps—whether print or digital—are a part of … Continue reading Map It! with Young Children