How to Refresh & Incorporate Pluralism/Social Justice in 5 Easy Steps

It’s December and already the chill in the air makes us yearn for books, fires, and cozy spaces to sleep!* The alarm of a teacher who is feeling this tired when it is only December is real. The exhaustion of our profession, as well as keeping up with our own lives, and the news, has taken a toll on many of us. Nevertheless, we know … Continue reading How to Refresh & Incorporate Pluralism/Social Justice in 5 Easy Steps

Postcards for Charlottesville

  One of the activities on our (very long) to-do list for the first week of school was writing Postcards for Charlottesville through the #DearYoungPerson campaign with our new third-graders. On Friday afternoon, we carved out some time and got started. We started with a read-aloud of Painting for Peace in Ferguson by Carol Swartout Klein and used the book as a segue into a … Continue reading Postcards for Charlottesville

A Whole New World in Boston Public Schools

GEOGRAPHY Students throughout Boston are getting a radically different view of the world, one map projection at a time. (NPR) Why is designing a world map so difficult? Use our activity to better understand what distortions occur when modeling a spherical surface on a flat map. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Boston Public Schools … Continue reading A Whole New World in Boston Public Schools

Educator Spotlight: First Graders Take On Community Accessibility

Ellie Clin, this week’s Educator of the Week, led her students through an inquiry-based accessibility study that culminated in a service learning project. Her students went door-to-door selling low-cost ramps that make single-step storefronts wheelchair-accessible. Ellie is a first-grade teacher at the Grove Community School in Toronto.  Learn more about Ellie by reading her blog or reaching out to her on twitter. You’ve said that you … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: First Graders Take On Community Accessibility