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Five Steps for Teaching the Geo-Inquiry Process in an ELA Classroom

This post was written by English Language Arts educator Dr. Aspen Mock. “In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is a story of the earth.” –Rachel Carson Which of the following disciplines is inherently geographic? Science? Social Studies?  Geography? World Cultures? Fine Arts? English Language Arts (ELA)? The correct answer is: all the above. Every academic discipline connects … Continue reading Five Steps for Teaching the Geo-Inquiry Process in an ELA Classroom

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Strategy Share: Expanding Our Worldview, One Conversation at a Time

You could have heard a pin drop in the room, it was so silent. As the Lindblad Expeditions ship National Geographic Explorer made her way through the midnight blue, choppy waters of the Arctic Ocean near Pond Inlet, Nunavut, we all listened; absorbed, transported. National Geographic Explorer Jennifer Kingsley was sharing a recorded interview with the Elverum family from her project Meet the North, which involved interviewing people who live above the Arctic Circle throughout Nunavut, Svalbard, Iceland, Russia, Alaska, and Greenland. Continue reading Strategy Share: Expanding Our Worldview, One Conversation at a Time

Strategy Share: Exploring Our Changing Planet in Humanities Classrooms

The following post was written by 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Caitlin MacLeod-Bluver, a high school social studies and English language arts teacher in Boston, Massachusetts, after her expedition to the Arctic. The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program is a professional development opportunity for Pre-K-12 educators made possible by a partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education. “No, we can’t change the world because our voices don’t … Continue reading Strategy Share: Exploring Our Changing Planet in Humanities Classrooms

How Math and Poetry Intersect

ARTS Both poetry and math require economy and precision—and each perspective can enhance the other. (Smithsonian) Use our activity to introduce students to math, poetry, and nature. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas One of the primary characteristics shared by many forms of poetry and math is the use of formulas. How does mathematics use … Continue reading How Math and Poetry Intersect

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