Educator Spotlight

Comparing Global Biomes – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Kevin Rohn’s sixth-graders applied the scientific process to investigate and compare locations around the world. Each student used an interactive world biome map to select two locations, develop a question about them, and answer the question based on data from the map. Students then shared their findings by designing infographics. Kevin Rohn teaches science at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Photo by lizlinder.com For your National Geographic Educator Certification project, you asked students to compare locations using…

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Observing Our Changing Earth – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Mary Hanan led her middle school science students on a year-long study of specific plots of land. Students made observations and collected data to demonstrate how their plot of land changed over time. Mary Hanan is a sixth-grade science teacher at Riverside Meadows Intermediate School in Plumas Lake, California. Photo courtesy Mary Hanan Could you give an overview of your National Geographic Educator Certification project, which you called “Piece of Earth?” I wanted my sixth-grade students to understand that scientific…

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Mapping Infectious Disease Trends – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Matt Kuehl’s high school biology students investigated the frequency of common biological pathogens. Then they investigated the death rates of several diseases and plotted them on a mega map. Students identified correlations between the frequencies of the diseases and the locations of high death rates. Matt Kuehl is a 10th-grade science teacher at Grand Rapids High School in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Photo by Shelly Lindstrom What inspired you to take the topic of infectious diseases, which you teach every year,…

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A Student-Led Exploration of Local Species – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Andrea Sayler fostered her students’ curiosity about the natural world by holding a BioBlitz in the nature preserve near their school. A BioBlitz is an event that brings together community members to find and identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Andrea’s students used the data they gathered to develop research projects on flora or fauna that interested them. They shared their findings with their school community. Andrea Sayler is a…

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Increasing Awareness of Water Scarcity – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Frieda de Bruyn helped her high school biology students cultivate awareness about global water scarcity. Students also gained a sense of responsibility for their own water usage and developed empathy for people affected by water scarcity around the world. Frieda de Bruyn is a high school biology teacher at Prestige College in Hammanskraal, South Africa. Photo by Harrison Montsho How did you generate awareness of water scarcity and make the issue relevant to your students? My students and I live…

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Improving Access to Books Worldwide – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Susan Geidner’s kindergarten library class read nonfiction texts with the goal of raising awareness about access to books worldwide. This project led to a community-wide effort to help build a library in a town in Vietnam. Susan Geidner is a librarian at Avoca West Elementary School in Glenview, Illinois. Photo courtesy Susan Geidner What was the goal of your library awareness project, and how did you accomplish your goal? I wanted the kindergarten students in my library class to understand…

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Curating Digital Museums Makes Geography Personal – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Our Educator Spotlight series features inspiring activities and lessons that educators are implementing with their students that connect them to the world in bold and exciting ways. Educators often use these projects to complete their National Geographic Educator Certification.   Laura Krenicki‘s sixth-grade class examined the paths of people and objects from a geographic perspective. The class read an Explorer magazine article by Paul Salopek, a National Geographic Explorer, and participated in a live video event with him. Then, students…

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