Strategy Share: Creating Experiences Rather Than “Lessons”

Awesome experience. Engaging and memorable. I love starting with the question, “Who cares about _____” to give focus to what you want the kids to take from the lesson.

-Mr. Walsh

National Geographic Education Blog

Our Strategy Share series features innovative ideas, projects, and approaches from inside and outside our community of educators. The following post was written by 2018Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Becky Schnekser, an elementary science teacher from Virginia Beach, Virginia.

In the world of education, approaches, theories, and research change as swiftly as the wind. It can be exhausting to keep up and frustrating to implement. I suggest a new way of thinking about education—one that does not require you to convince someone at your school or within your district to invest in textbooks or materials.

The Explorer’s Mindsetis a powerful teaching lens through which to approach education in any subject and with any grade level of students. Students are naturally curious and adventurous. They are responsible, feeling a connection to the world around them and a call to be involved, as well as empowered to make a difference. Students…

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