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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When I wrote the post on readability and promised a follow-up, I had no idea I was wading into an argument that has apparently waged for almost a century. William H. Dubay gives an exhaustive overview of the various formulas, theories, supporters, and detractors of readability in a 2004 tract entitled “Principles of Readability”. This … Continue reading Readability

Skyscraper by Lynn Curlee [Text Analysis]

This post was going to be about the wonderfully written and illustrated book “Skyscraper” by author and illustrator Lynn Curlee. I thought it might be good material to keep on hand during the Materials and Structures unit of Grade 3 science. The author follows the phenomenon of the Skyscraper through various ages and architectural periods, … Continue reading Skyscraper by Lynn Curlee [Text Analysis]