Educator Spotlight: Connecting Across Cultures While Caring for the Planet

Mariano Zuk created an interdisciplinary unit for his kindergarten students with two main focuses: caring about the planet and collaborating with schools around the world. Among other hands-on projects, students created artwork, had a video call with an ocean expert, and co-created a story about Earth with classrooms around the world. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Connecting Across Cultures While Caring for the Planet

Strategy Share: The Power of Storytelling for Conservation

In environmental education, we often use stories to connect our audiences to the animals and messages we are presenting. My recent expedition to the Galápagos Islands taught me that stories can transcend generations and ignite change. Sometimes all it takes is a single word—a word that is so powerful it cuts straight to your heart. In Galápagos, that word is “lonesome.” Continue reading Strategy Share: The Power of Storytelling for Conservation

Educator Spotlight: Exploring History Through Reading and Writing

Kristi Barnes engaged her sixth-grade world history students in an exploration of reading and writing around the world. By supplementing a unit on ancient Japan with haiku writing exercises and the novel Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, she helped students make personal connections to the material. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Exploring History Through Reading and Writing

Strategy Share: Creating Podcasts in the Classroom

Student-created podcasts are a fun, creative way for students to learn and for teachers to assess content knowledge. In my experience, students have been completely engaged while they learned and reviewed information, practiced collaboration, conducted research, and presented their work to others. Continue reading Strategy Share: Creating Podcasts in the Classroom

Strategy Share: Creative Writing for Science Class

The following post was written by 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Shiona Drummer, a 7th-grade life science teacher in Macon, Georgia, after her expedition to the Arctic. The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program is a professional development opportunity for Pre-K-12 educators made possible by a partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education. Where I teach in Macon, Georgia, the majority of jobs and careers either deal with … Continue reading Strategy Share: Creative Writing for Science Class