At the Explorers Festival: Jennifer Burgin

Jennifer Burgin was one of the educators who joined us at the 2018 Explorers Festival. Jennifer is an educator at Oakridge Elementary in Arlington, Virginia, a part of Arlington Public Schools. She was named Arlington Teacher of the Year in 2016 and has co-authored a nonfiction children’s book, A is for Arlington. As a 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, Jennifer shared her experiences over the last year, … Continue reading At the Explorers Festival: Jennifer Burgin

At the Explorers Festival: Kim Young

Kim Young was one of the educators who joined us at the 2018 Explorers Festival. Kim teaches ninth-grade world history in Weston, Massachusetts. Last year, she completed an expedition to Arctic Svalbard as part of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program. Kim brought the study of migration to her course through the Out of Eden Learn platform. This year during Explorers Festival, Kim spoke with us about her role as an … Continue reading At the Explorers Festival: Kim Young

Educator Spotlight: What Happens When Educators See Themselves as Explorers?

Educators can be mistaken for the kings and queens of knowledge, disseminating intelligence and praise to our students. I propose that instead we model being explorers and take risks with problem solving and inquiry to benefit our learners. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: What Happens When Educators See Themselves as Explorers?

Beyond the Bones: Why Homo naledi belongs in every science classroom

In my last blog post, I left you hanging with two scientific issues regarding Homo naledi—first was its age and second was seeing if all those fossils actually got into the Dinaledi chamber by way of the same 8-inch “chute” that the underground astronauts used to access the chamber. Upon the announcement of the Homo naledi discovery in 2015, one frustration for many people was … Continue reading Beyond the Bones: Why Homo naledi belongs in every science classroom

The “Sciencing” of Homo naledi

In my last two blog posts, I’ve detailed my connection with the team that discovered our new human relative Homo naledi, deep in the Rising Star Cave in South Africa. This discovery was announced to the world formally in September 2015 and was featured as the cover story of the October 2015 issue of National Geographic magazine. Ever since the announcement, I’ve been teaching about Homo … Continue reading The “Sciencing” of Homo naledi