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
Over the past decade, lots of schools have begun PLCs (Professional Learning Communities). They vary from school-to-school and level-to-level, but the basic idea is the same. Teachers are grouped together to plan common assessments, discuss data, and design better instruction. As you read about PLCs (and there is a lot to read out there!) they sound great—and they can be. The problems with PLCs comes … Continue reading The Power of a PLN
Have you applied for the 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program yet? If not, you have until 11:59 PM Eastern on December 31, 2016 to apply for an all-expense-paid adventure of a lifetime! This field-based professional development experience for educators could take you to the Arctic, Iceland, the Galápagos, Canadian Maritimes, British & Irish Isles, or even Antarctica! New to the list of expeditions for 2017 is exploring the Alaskan coastal … Continue reading Once in a Lifetime Professional Development Opportunity for Educators! Apply NOW!
What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at email@example.com. This week, we learned … … urine, not chlorine, causes itchy eyes in pools. Dive in! … how we talk about teachers, and why it might be worth it to pay them $100,000 … or more. Stay tuned to TeachingCenter for details. … how “sushi” children … Continue reading 15 Things We Learned This Week!