Big Idea #1 - Using Place-Based Learning to Create Student Citizen-Scientists

The Divide School was recently recognized for using place-based learning to create student citizen-scientists. The article highlighted the various ways Divide’s teacher, Judy Boyle, uses place-based learning for science and the environment. Read the article to learn how the Divide students’ learning has influenced the community around them.

Big Idea #2 - How Empowering Girls Helps Their Well-Being

Children today are bombarded with all kinds of messages. Girls are especially confronted with conflicting messages from the media and other places on how to look, act and be. Read the article to learn how people are helping girls empower themselves to counteract these messages and improve their well-being at the same time.

Big Idea #3 - Combining Science and Literature

Science and literature can seem to be odd bedfellows. However, two teachers have figured out a way to make connections between the two to help students learn literature and science at the same time, especially high school students. Read the article to learn how they did it and ideas for combinations of literature and science. Anyone interested in making a 3D model of Beowulf’s Grendel?

Don't forget! Join the conversation! Tuesday, March 20 at 3:30 is the 2nd in a series of three webinars from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). Join SAAM as they present: Native American Art & Artists: How Do You Find Artworks to Use in Your Classroom? Join here.

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