Five Steps to Transform Your Students into Explorers for Outdoor Classroom Day

By Daniel Raven-Ellison As a National Geographic Explorer and a geography educator, I’m really excited about #OutdoorClassroomDay this Thursday (October 12). Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to inspire and celebrate outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outside and prioritize playtime. As well as having fun, they will show how important and easy it is … Continue reading Five Steps to Transform Your Students into Explorers for Outdoor Classroom Day

Educator Spotlight: Experiencing a Fictional Character’s Perspective

Ali McMillan, this week’s Educator of the Week, has taught middle schoolers of multiple cultural backgrounds on three different continents. Inspired by her diverse teaching experiences, Ali encourages her students to consider multiple perspectives, points of view, and social stereotypes in order to reach a deeper understanding in and out of the classroom. Currently she is an English teacher at West Feliciana Middle School in … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Experiencing a Fictional Character’s Perspective

Educator Spotlight: Introducing students to their own backyards

This post was written by Kailyn Bettle, daughter of Kiersten Bettle and a teacher education student at the University of Northern Iowa.  Kiersten Bettle, this week’s Educator of the Week, challenges her students to explore the world around them and make connections in science, social studies, and language arts. Kiersten Bettle teaches fourth grade at Roosevelt Elementary School in Mason City, Iowa. Activity: My Backyard: The … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Introducing students to their own backyards

Weekly Warm-Up: Brazil Celebrates the ‘Day of the Geographer’

In the United States, we pay homage to some of our greatest men and women by recognizing their professional lives. From Presidents’ Day to Veterans’ Day to Labor Day, all of us enjoy holidays in celebration of the hard work we put into our livelihoods for over 50 weeks each year. As the United States honors its fallen soldiers during next week’s Memorial Day observances, … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Brazil Celebrates the ‘Day of the Geographer’

Educator Spotlight: Three Worlds Meet

Tama Nunnelley, this week’s Educator of the Week, challenged her students to connect historic trade and exploration routes with our world today. Tama is a social studies teacher at Guntersville Middle School in Guntersville, Alabama. Activity: Three Worlds Meet Grade Level: 5-7 Time commitment: 7 days Discovering Historic Connections In this lesson, I challenged my students to make connections between the Columbian Exchange, triangular trade, … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Three Worlds Meet