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How to Use Mirror and Window Books to Encourage Global Citizenship

This post was written by educator Julie Yeros. Some of the most powerful tools in the classroom are books. And in my elementary classroom, diverse picture books helped propel my students toward learning about themselves and the world around them.  As a teacher, I loved to travel during holiday breaks and summers. My students were excited to hear where I had gone and what I … Continue reading How to Use Mirror and Window Books to Encourage Global Citizenship

Educator Spotlight: Recreating Expeditions as Video Games

Michael Stanley drew out middle school students’ curiosity about the world while they brainstormed about personal explorations. Students also investigated a real-world scientific expedition and created an educational video game as a way to share their research with a wider audience. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Recreating Expeditions as Video Games

Powerful Picture Books & Graphic Novels (Possibly overlooked in the classroom but not by censors)

  When I was a new teacher, I often overlooked the power of picture books and graphic novels in my junior high classroom. I was afraid that if an administrator walked in and they saw me using a picture book or a graphic novel, they would think I was crazy and that I was babying my students. I fear that many new teachers miss out … Continue reading Powerful Picture Books & Graphic Novels (Possibly overlooked in the classroom but not by censors)

Educator Spotlight: Empowering Environmental Engineers and Artists

Tina Genay, this week’s Educator of the Week, empowered her students to become environmental engineers and artists who are tackling the issue of plastic in the ocean. Tina is a school librarian at Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary in Winchester, Virginia. What’s it like to be an elementary school librarian? I love my job. I love books. I love promoting a love of reading, and … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Empowering Environmental Engineers and Artists