What can we learn from the trees?

significant value in letting nature be our educator. Whenever I would take my students outside, new questions, observations and connections would arise. This led me to be flexible in my lessons and let the students’ inquiries shape our learning. Trees have always been a subject of interest for me, so when I noticed my class sharing the same passion, I knew that I had to act on it. It was time to center ourselves around the significance of the trees and the stories they have to tell. My class and I journeyed outside most days with the sole purpose to learn and develop a deeper meaning of the natural world. Thus, we became tree detectives, seeking to answer an essential question: What can I learn from the trees? Continue reading What can we learn from the trees?

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Agency and Inquiry: How I Built a Unit on Exploration for My Students

Educator Edgar Filipe wrote this post. As a designer by training, I like to give students tools they can use to answer questions and solve problems. One of the greatest tools all people have is our innate curiosity and creativity. So, when I had the opportunity to help develop a unit for third graders at the international school where I work in Switzerland, I knew … Continue reading Agency and Inquiry: How I Built a Unit on Exploration for My Students

How Creating Tiny Scenes Sparked My Students’ Interest in Environmental Conservation

This post was written by science educator Lyanne Abreu. As a 2019 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow (a partnership with Lindblad Expeditions) that traveled to Antarctica last fall, I wanted to create a project highlighting environmental problems in the region. During COVID lockdowns, a former GTF posted on Facebook about a photographer that took pictures on a tiny scale. This was such an inspiration that Anthropoteeny was … Continue reading How Creating Tiny Scenes Sparked My Students’ Interest in Environmental Conservation