In Need of Professional Learning Worthy of an Explorer? Create Your Own.

We teach from who we are. Teaching young people to embrace an Explorer Mindset is more critical than ever before, but if we want to teach and develop the Explorer Mindset in our students, the place to begin is not with curriculum or lesson plans. It is with ourselves.  Continue reading In Need of Professional Learning Worthy of an Explorer? Create Your Own.

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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Next Virtual Field Trip Destination? Our Solar System and Beyond!

Explore outer space with this National Geographic Virtual Field Trip! Meet an astrophysicist searching the stars for distant planets, a nonprofit founder making space accessible to young people, and the co-creators of a new solar system graphic that appears in National Geographic magazine. Join us on Wednesday, September 29 at 1 p.m. ET for the 40 minute program by registering today. The Virtual Field Trip … Continue reading Next Virtual Field Trip Destination? Our Solar System and Beyond!

Stepping Back into the School Year

The time has arrived to enter into a new school year. This summer I focused on decompressing from the previous 18 months of pandemic teaching. I found the need to decompress and remove myself from all things associated with teaching was very necessary for my overall well-being. Additionally, the process of decompressing was difficult and unnatural. As an educator, my summers traditionally center on professional learning throughout to improve my abilities. Yet, this summer I found my brain could not handle any form of learning. When I would attempt to do anything related to school, my brain just shut off. This was really telling. 18 months of intense teaching and learning clearly took its toll on my ability to process and engage. My body was literally telling me to stop all that I had traditionally done throughout the summer and focus on rebuilding, restoring, and recalibrating. Continue reading Stepping Back into the School Year