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Let the Data Speak for Itself

This post was written by educator Lauren Niemann. I teach in Louisville, KY, which has one of the fastest growing urban heat island effects in the country, and this environmental impact does not impact our residents equally. Due to the inequities around us, I believe it is important to give students the opportunity to evaluate data and personal accounts from residents and uncover patterns of … Continue reading Let the Data Speak for Itself

How My Fifth Graders Found Empowerment Through Mapmaking

This post was written by educator Aaron Kugler. Ever since I was in elementary school, I’ve been obsessed with maps; I appreciated the immense detail of some and the true beauty of others. There is deep significance to me in knowing my place in the world, both physically and figuratively, and maps have always proven to be an avenue toward that self-discovery. When I became … Continue reading How My Fifth Graders Found Empowerment Through Mapmaking

What’s Next?: Reset and Refresh with Online Courses

This post was written by #NatGeoCertified educator Jodi Anderson. There’s one question lingering in my mind as I consider the transition from the end of the school year—which was abruptly cut short—to the next chapter: what’s next? As a classroom educator and now instructional coach, I have been on a similar journey as many of you: struggling to bring learning online to life, managing ever-changing … Continue reading What’s Next?: Reset and Refresh with Online Courses

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution? We Have Five Ways to Help You Keep It!

Did you know that the United States government has a resource to help you achieve some of the most common resolutions? (Yes, the PDF is still available during the shutdown.) I’ll bet most people can guess the resolutions that made the list: losing weight, managing stress, saving money and getting a better education, among others. Did your resolution focus on education? If so, congrats! You’re already … Continue reading What’s Your New Year’s Resolution? We Have Five Ways to Help You Keep It!

Make Waves in Your Classroom!

Do you know what your students think about water? Do they think it’s tasteless and that rainy days are no fun because recess is indoors? Or do they love to explore puddles and think that water is essential to growing plants and animals? If kids near you are not sure why water (and protecting water) matters, how do you turn their misconceptions into learning experiences? One way to … Continue reading Make Waves in Your Classroom!