Video Games and ESports in Schools

Many of our students are immersed in the world of gaming. Video games have been around for decades, from the advent of Pong to today’s lifelike gaming environments. My first contact with competitive video-gaming occurred in the...

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Black Boys in Literature Book List

Inspired by The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys, we created a study group at our school called “Black Boys and Literature.” The teachers in our group worked with children ranging from two-year-olds to middle school...

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Techless Tech Activities for Kids

While many children love to spend their free time exploring the outdoors, playing with friends, building structures, and otherwise stretching their imagination, the advent of the omnipresent screen has altered the balance of play....

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In Nature with Children: 10 Ways to Encourage a Sense of Adventure

In Gary Nabhan and Stephen Trimble’s, The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places, two influential outdoor education advocates write about the deep connection that children forge with the environment, natural and...

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Earth Day Challenge

Like all other holidays, Earth Day comes and goes. We all get a few emails about buying sustainable clothing and earth-friendly cleaning products or joining a march or parade for the planet. The depictions of people living fully...

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Books Featuring Gender-Nonconforming and Transgender Children

“There are lots of ways to be a boy. There are lots of ways to be a girl. There are lots of ways to be a kid.  Be who you are.” —Brooke Pessin-Whedbee in Who Are You?

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What Universal Design for Learning Looks Like: A Teacher's Perspective

When people think of Universal Design they tend to think of those not-quite-ubiquitous-enough ramps built into sidewalks that permit access to folks with wheelchairs, walkers, and baby strollers. This idea was first pioneered by ...

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Picture Book Biographies of Inspirational Women

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve created a list of compelling picture book biographies that celebrate women’s accomplishments. Don’t be misled by the illustrations and format—these books provide entertainment and...

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Benefits of Outdoor Education in the Digital Age

I recently saw an internet meme that said, “...if you ever want to know what a teacher’s mind feels like, imagine a web browser with 2,879 tabs open. All. The. Time.” Though I couldn’t agree more, I don’t feel like this is unique...

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How Can I Help My Child Repair a Friendship?

When my daughter was in third grade, a close friend (let’s call her Susie) announced that she was no longer her friend. My daughter, still a bit shell shocked and confused, talked about it before bed time (after silently holding...

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