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How My Geography Class Used Tins to Tell the Story of Place

I loved and appreciated the insights that students shared with me through their Story of Place assignments. Fast-forward to this September: we were back in the classroom full-time, and I wanted to transform the project into something more tangible. Continue reading How My Geography Class Used Tins to Tell the Story of Place

Old Photos, New Meaning: Why I Revisited My Storytelling Roots

National Geographic Education staff member Jean Shapiro Cantu wrote this post. When the scans arrived, feelings of excitement and joy washed over me.  Living in New York City in the 1970s, I took thousands of black-and-white photos of street life—of fathers with their children, workers on lunch break, and sunrises reflecting off skyscrapers. As I grew older and started a family of my own, I … Continue reading Old Photos, New Meaning: Why I Revisited My Storytelling Roots

“We All Can Be Storytellers” — How One Teacher Uses Storytelling to Improve Equity and Access

This post was written by Dr. Yajaira Fuentes-Tauber. A few years ago, I started to become interested in photography, and that year for Christmas, my father-in-law gave me the National Geographic Photo Ark book. Around the same time, our local children’s museum happened to have an exhibition on the Photo Ark. Looking at the photos of the species at risk, I realized that my 1-year-old … Continue reading “We All Can Be Storytellers” — How One Teacher Uses Storytelling to Improve Equity and Access

A Recipe for Good Storytelling: Cooking, Cameras, Community and the Power of Photography to Change the World

Feature image by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Ark. This post was written by educator Jenna Conner-Harris. Photography is like cooking and baking: they are forms of art. All are done with love and care, meticulously created and crafted. Each work is meant to be better than the next, and then shared with others for enjoyment. Similarly, a photograph captures a slice of life and … Continue reading A Recipe for Good Storytelling: Cooking, Cameras, Community and the Power of Photography to Change the World

Strategy Share: Using Photographs to Enhance Storytelling and Geography Skills

When I traveled to South Georgia as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, I felt compelled to read Alfred Lansing’s Endurance, about Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated attempt to transect Antarctica. Shackleton came to South Georgia to get help for the men he left on another Antarctic island. I was intrigued by his perilous journey and wanted to re-enact this epic trek on South Georgia once I got there. Unfortunately, in all the excitement of seeing icebergs, dodging fur seals, and trekking up snowy hills, I forgot to do my re-enactment. Continue reading Strategy Share: Using Photographs to Enhance Storytelling and Geography Skills