How Planning Remote Plant-Based Lessons Made Me Into a Student Again

During a time when many of us were spending day after day in the same spaces, it felt vital to renew our appreciation of the outdoor spaces that were still accessible to us, like our own backyards. Quite literally. I leaned on the National Geographic Learning Framework as a guide to create lessons and activities that asked students to go outside and engage with the ecosystems surrounding them. I focused on fostering curious attitudes, observation skills, and knowledge of wildlife and our changing planet. Each week from March to the end of the school year, we released “Science at Home” lessons to support students exploring nature from home. The activities covered a range of topics from compost to pollinators and had options to scale up or down depending on grade level. Our lessons aimed to transform things we might encounter every day into fun activities. A dandelion in the park could now be used for an experiment on osmosis, made into a nature bracelet, or baked into a cookie. Continue reading How Planning Remote Plant-Based Lessons Made Me Into a Student Again

Teaching in a Time of Crisis: Connection, Community, and Curiosity at a Distance

This post was written by 2020 Education Fellow Kim Young. I’ve never experienced anything like this. Disruptions in teaching are frequent, both big and small. Every day we come to school with a plan but often something totally different happens. As we find out where our students, community, and administrators are at, we adjust our plan throughout the day. But in my 16 years of … Continue reading Teaching in a Time of Crisis: Connection, Community, and Curiosity at a Distance

Strategy Share: Stop Motion Filmmakers in the Classroom

How does one even begin to process the professional development of a lifetime as an educator explorer in Arctic Svalbard? Every waking minute was extraordinary, exhilarating, beautiful and captivating. My experiences included witnessing polar bears curiously checking out the humans, blue whales showing off their flukes, and juvenile Arctic foxes playing with their food. Continue reading Strategy Share: Stop Motion Filmmakers in the Classroom

Education Summit: Empowering The Next Generation of Planetary Stewards

On Monday, October 29, National Geographic is hosting an Education Summit that will showcase the many ways National Geographic is enhancing teaching and learning in classrooms across the country. The event will feature innovative strategies designed to ignite a spirit of exploration in students and empower them to create a healthier, more sustainable future. With a special focus on Planet or Plastic?—National Geographic’s multiyear effort … Continue reading Education Summit: Empowering The Next Generation of Planetary Stewards

Project Kakuma: 150 Educators Across 6 Continents Offering Free Education to African Refugees via Skype

 By Koen Timmers We are living in an era in which refugees have become ubiquitous. Due to war and conflicts in places like Sudan, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and DR Congo, many people are on run. But how do you talk about refugees, conflicts, and poverty without turning them into clichés and without having eye-rolling students? By sharing uplifting stories and showing pictures, we can create some … Continue reading Project Kakuma: 150 Educators Across 6 Continents Offering Free Education to African Refugees via Skype