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How Our Cafeteria’s Plastic Sporks Sparked My Students’ Empathy for the Earth

This post was written by Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Jennie Warmouth. My Grosvenor Teacher Fellow expedition to the Arctic was in June of 2019, at the tail end of the school year. I had the challenge of returning to school that September and making meaning of this expedition for my next cohort of students. I showed them an image from the expedition of a gloved hand … Continue reading How Our Cafeteria’s Plastic Sporks Sparked My Students’ Empathy for the Earth

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How the MapMaker Tool Helps Us “Wrap Our Arms and Minds Around Our World”

This post was written by 2020 Education Fellow Anita Palmer. Early on in my teaching career, I asked my school’s social studies department chair if I could ever teach geography. And they said, “Anita, we teach world history, don’t you think that’s enough geography for one department?” I felt that was my call to action to use geographic information systems (GIS) to teach geography through … Continue reading How the MapMaker Tool Helps Us “Wrap Our Arms and Minds Around Our World”

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Illuminating Instruction: Putting Science and Geography Together for Better Science Learning

This post was written by Jim McDonald, Professor of Science Education at Central Michigan University, a National Geographic Certified Educator, and educator. More than ever, our world is interconnected. Today’s students need to understand how the complex and dynamic human and natural systems interact to make smart decisions and function effectively. The study of geography is essential to the comprehension of how our world works. … Continue reading Illuminating Instruction: Putting Science and Geography Together for Better Science Learning

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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: Inspiring Action During Out of School Time

Join us for a series of free webinars to learn from Willie and other experts how you can safely do a BioBlitz with students or children at home. A BioBlitz is a great way to connect with nature while social distancing, and can be done individually or in groups, outside or from home, and with or without technology and devices. Learn more and register here! … Continue reading Strategy Share: Inspiring Action During Out of School Time