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11 Things We Learned This Week – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

This week, we learned … … there really is a black panther in Africa. This melanistic leopard—a black panther—prowls the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, not Africa.Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic What are black panthers? Who are Black Panthers? Who is Black Panther?   … three tests the Green New Deal must pass in order to work. This building in Greensburg, Kansas, uses wind turbines, solar panels, and geothermal heat pumps—all renewable energy technologies.Photograph by Lauren Ayres, My Shot How…

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Five Fresh Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Once again it is that time of year when hearts, flowers, poetry, cozy romantic atmospheres, and all things red and pink are sought by individuals and couples alike in an effort to express and impress. Have you ever wondered if there was a better—or at least different—way to go about this whole “celebration of love” idea? I admit the thought crossed my mind a time or five, so in order to put my curiosity to rest and, hopefully, give you…

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11 Things We Learned This Week – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

This week, we learned … … the last five years were the hottest ever recorded. This classic Nat Geo map depicts climate change since 1960.Map by National Geographic Enroll in our free online course to learn how to communicate stories like this to your students.     … what’s happening with the four 2014 finalists for National Teacher of the Year. These are just a few of our favorite teachers attending our 2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow conference.Photograph by Rebecca Hale,…

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11 Things We Learned This Week – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

This week, we learned … … school districts have gotten creative in announcing snow days. Find five fun ways to warm up on snow days!   … some good news! Central Mexico reported its first sighting of a black bear in more than 100 years! American black bears (like this one in California) are not endangered.Photograph by Michael Nichols, National Geographic What is the species range of the black bear?   … how a music teacher’s project is sending students…

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11 Things We Learned This Week – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

This week, we learned … … good grades and a great work ethic only get you so far. Read of the week! About 40% of Boston’s valedictorians make less than $50,000 a year.Photograph by Otis Imboden, National Geographic How does our learning framework support lifelong learning?   … how self-compassion, not self-esteem, supports academic motivation. “Self-compassion leads to learning goals instead of performance goals — such as trying again after messing up. It’s a better academic motivator than self-criticism. It’s…

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11 Things We Learned This Week – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

This week, we learned … … “The science says to us that, in fact, the way the brain functions and grows, it needs safety, it needs warmth, it actually even needs hugs. We actually learn in a state of positive emotion much more effectively than we can learn in a state of negative emotion. That has huge implications for what we do in schools.” Learn more about the science of learning by enrolling in one of our free online courses!…

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11 Things We Learned This Week – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

This week, we learned … … what it would sound like if people talked to other professionals the way they talk to teachers. Read of the week! Photograph of Grosvenor Teacher Fellows by Rebecca Hale We talk to teachers like the professionals they are—read up with our Educator Spotlight series.   … photosynthesis goes ping. Underwater, that process of converting sunlight and carbon dioxide into energy and oxygen sends tiny bubbles spiraling toward the surface. And according to new research,…

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11 Things We Learned This Week – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

This week, we learned … … where the U.S. government shutdown is having the biggest impact. Resource of the week! Have your students map where the shutdown is impacting your state with our MapMaker Kits.   … all the animals that went extinct in 2018, and which are on the brink in 2019. The last wild sighting of Hawaii’s po’ouli was in 2004, and a 2018 study recommended declaring the species extinct.Photograph courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Where are…

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