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Strategy Share: Celebrating World Cultures in the Elementary Classroom

Our Strategy Share series features innovative ideas, projects, and approaches from our community of educators. This post was written by educator Julie Yeros. Hi! I’m Julie Yeros, an elementary educator and creator of Globe Trottin’ Kids—a global learning website for students and educators. While my home base is in the beautiful state of Colorado, I have family scattered across three continents. Last spring, I wrote … Continue reading Strategy Share: Celebrating World Cultures in the Elementary Classroom

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Strategy Share: Bring Space Exploration to Your Classroom for #WorldSpaceWeek

Our Strategy Share series features innovative ideas, projects, and approaches from our community of educators. This post was written by educator Kimi Waite. In December 2017, I was looking out the window up at the night sky while I was on the airport shuttle to Los Angeles International Airport when something strange suddenly caught my eye. I saw a bright glowing light, and then suddenly … Continue reading Strategy Share: Bring Space Exploration to Your Classroom for #WorldSpaceWeek

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