Springtime for teachers can waver between exhaustion and exhilaration. “Interestingly enough,” one educator noted in an ASCD essay on End of the Year Reflections, “I would find myself re-energized and ready to start daydreaming about my next year. What would my students be like? How could I rearrange my room? What new practices could I implement that would totally overhaul and revolutionize my instruction? My … Continue reading Pick Up Your End-of-Year Energy with Our Professional Development Opportunities
Teachers are constantly engaging with others—students, parents, and colleagues—yet they are the only ones with a complete understanding of their classrooms and practices. As a result, being a teacher can be lonely. I taught at a small school. I loved my colleagues on my social studies team; we shared resources and supported each other. Still, if I wanted to integrate new ideas into my curriculum, … Continue reading Developing a “National Geographic Explorer” Mindset in the Classroom
What distinguishes National Geographic Education as a leader in professional development? We had a chance to ask educators at the National Geographic Education Summit, and their answers were both powerful and unpredictable. Participating in our roundtable were: Leon Tynes. Tynes teaches and serves as the technology department head at the Engineering and Science University Magnet School in West Haven, Connecticut. His students are empowered to … Continue reading Why National Geographic Education?
This week, I am heading to the beautiful and historic city of Savannah, Georgia, to present about “Challenges and Successes in Teaching Evolution” at the Southeastern Evolutionary Perspectives Society Conference (SEEPS). The timing of this conference is no mistake. As science teachers and university researchers gather in Savannah, we do so on the weekend closest to Charles Darwin’s birthday on February 12. This year … Continue reading Talking Evolution: Darwin Day 2018
Greetings to all! I’m John Mead, a veteran life science teacher, and I’m thrilled to have a chance to share my experiences and insights with the National Geographic Education family. Having taught since 1990, I have witnessed the growth of social media, and it has fundamentally impacted my professional life in ways I could never have imagined. Looking back on teaching in the 1990s, almost … Continue reading Tapping into the #HiveMind: The Transformative Power of Social Media for Teachers