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.

Teaching the Art of Geography

curiosity to see and discover more has cultivated a zeal for travel, photography and diving. My journey is always crafted with the unfolding of a wall-sized paper map given to me by a world traveler. Oddly to some, my choice of destination is largely driven by how remote the location and how much ocean surrounds it.  I then immerse myself into learning everything I can about its people, points of interests, landscapes, culture, and history. My favorite part of the journey are the life-long memories that you return home with that get stitched into stories while sharing photos.  Continue reading Teaching the Art of Geography

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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”

Three Deaf Attendees Reflect on Their Experiences at National Geographic’s Education Summit

This article was written by Heidi Givens, an educator and member of National Geographic’s Teacher Advisory Council. “Where education meets exploration”—this mantra rang true recently as over 180 educators and explorers gathered at the National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., for an invitation-only event: the National Geographic Education Summit. This unique professional learning experience included plenaries and lightning talks from various National Geographic scientists, … Continue reading Three Deaf Attendees Reflect on Their Experiences at National Geographic’s Education Summit

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Weekly Warm-Up: Chocolate Treats for Fair-Trade Month

How far do your students travel without ever leaving home? Well, what sort of products do they rely on? From cereal, toothpaste, and sneakers, to smartphones, e-readers, and video-game consoles, your students are a vital part of multiple global trading networks. Challenge your students to consider the journey behind everyday products with our Interdependence and You activity. By researching the path of bananas, chocolate, or … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Chocolate Treats for Fair-Trade Month