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Strategy Share: Empowering Students to Create Case Studies

Case studies are an excellent instrument for teaching that can be used across subject areas. They allow students to dig into learning because they connect complex concepts to the real world. The creation process is valuable in itself. I couldn’t let this opportunity pass my students by; I had to involve them in the process. Continue reading Strategy Share: Empowering Students to Create Case Studies

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Strategy Share: Exploring Climate Change with Google Earth

I circumnavigated Iceland on expedition as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow in July 2017, not long after the announcement that the United States planned to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation. Back home in the U.S. at that time, there was a lot of political debate about involvement in the agreement and the value of combating global warming at home. Meanwhile in Iceland, I came face to face with the effects of global warming as we visited spectacular landscapes threatened by the warming climate. Continue reading Strategy Share: Exploring Climate Change with Google Earth

Strategy Share: Using 360-Degree Technology to Engage Student Explorers

Immersive technology speaks to how my ninth-graders experience the world. Students drive their own learning, curiosity, and exploration. I can hear students yell with excitement as they discover new things and make connections to what they already know. Those who have a hard time sitting still can use motion as an asset to their learning. Continue reading Strategy Share: Using 360-Degree Technology to Engage Student Explorers

Strategy Share: Support Classroom Discussion by Incorporating Students’ Culture

Student discourse is a major component of any classroom. Teachers work to create a learning environment that fosters critical thought and provides a safe space for new ideas. There are a wide range of facilitation techniques designed to support classroom discussion, but they don’t always allow students to voice ideas based on their own understanding of the world. When we facilitate dialogue that feels separate from students’ lives, we limit the connections they can build. Continue reading Strategy Share: Support Classroom Discussion by Incorporating Students’ Culture

Strategy Share: Inspiring Students to Become Nature Detectives

“Scientists don’t always know the answer, do they, Ms. Lebby?” a student asked from the back of the room during our investigation. No, they certainly do not. Searching for answers is where an explorer’s story begins, and that is what I hoped students would understand from our “Nature Detectives” investigation. Continue reading Strategy Share: Inspiring Students to Become Nature Detectives