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

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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

3 Ways My Students Are Going to Save the World in 2018—and Yours Can Too!

It’s beyond sad that as a nation and around the world, we don’t look forward to the next year, we fear what comes next. Fixed pic.twitter.com/uUTmyNYBEa — lil zyrtec (@dorseyshaw) December 6, 2017 When I was a kid, I remember looking forward to the new year. We saw it as a new beginning—a chance to right wrongs and improve ourselves. But in today’s climate, too … Continue reading 3 Ways My Students Are Going to Save the World in 2018—and Yours Can Too!