How will you tell your students about YOU?

It’s August. Everywhere you look on education blogs or edu-Twitter, there are posts about going back to school. I know—I’ve written my fair share of them. Last year, I wrote about using centers for the first day of school and this year I wrote about relationships mattering more than content. But as you read about great ideas for the first day of school and building … Continue reading How will you tell your students about YOU?

A Trick with a World Treat

FUN It’s nearly mid-October! Which means that anyplace you go, at least in the United States, you’re inundated with cinnamon-scented, ’tis-the-season tidings. But, let’s get to one of the best holidays first: Halloween. And let’s save some endangered species while doing it up. Here at National Geographic we’re on a mission (always) and we have a sneaking suspicion that many of you will like this one. Meet Mission: Animal … Continue reading A Trick with a World Treat

What’s the big IDEA? New Tools To Help You Plan For Summer

We know that the end of the school year doesn’t mean the end of educating! Check out IDEAS, our newest tool to help you plan activities, projects and lessons. With IDEAS, you’ll find everything you’ll need, from citizen science projects, to arts and crafts, to family travel. Are you teaching a summer course? Check out these IDEAS to inspire your students to improve their school. … Continue reading What’s the big IDEA? New Tools To Help You Plan For Summer

5 Ways to Commemorate September 11

wtc_p200003-1.jpgIt’s hard to believe that nine years have passed since the first and second World Trade Center towers fell.

Most of us remember September 11 like it was yesterday–I was in high school PE class. Many students, however, may be too young to have meaningful memories of September 11. All of us, young and old, can benefit from taking time to reflect on one of the most significant events in recent U.S. history.

This Friday, here are 5 Ways to Commemorate September 11.

1. Educate
Teachers and parents can help students understand the events of September 11 and the impacts on the global community with these educational resources from the National 9/11 Memorial. Watch webcasts, view collections of artifacts, read articles, and more.

National Geographic Education partners also offer a range of 9/11 resources through the Verizon Thinkfinity consortium. Of course, maps are great tools for visualizing historical events; check out the image above.

2. Share
Students and others old enough to remember September 11 can share their stories on the 9/11 Memorial Website by recording a short video testimonial, uploading a photo, or submitting a piece of writing. It’s a great way to practice public speaking, build media literacy, and cope with complex emotions.

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