#GreenTeacher: Petitions for a Greener World

Your students are already thinking about the environment. You’ve taught them about waste reduction and other sustainability issues, and your class likely has a green project underway. Good for you. But your students may need your help taking their green initiatives beyond the classroom. Kids who learn early that their voices deserve to be heard in the world are more likely to work toward positive change later in life. Today’s technology and government processes make that easier than ever. Petitions are one of the best ways for kids to effect positive change. A great example […]






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US Elections in the Classroom: A Dialogue About Differences

Your students are going to encounter media about the US election, which will have an impact in the classroom. Make that impact educational with a lesson plan that keeps your students engaged and on track. Last week we sent out a teacher newsletter that included a survey about the upcoming US election. According to TeachingTolerance.org, 40% of teachers are hesitant to teach about the election this year. We drafted our survey, in part, to find out why. We will publish the results of the survey in our next email. If you haven’t already signed up […]






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9 Ways to Reduce Garbage in the Classroom

Trash Talk by Michelle Mulder

In our last teacher feature, we discussed the benefits of non-academic goals, and we suggested a zero-waste classroom as an option. For this month’s #GreenTeacher article, we have ideas for creating a zero-waste classroom, just in time for the new school year. Talking about garbage is one of the best ways to start a conversation about the environment. For one thing, garbage is ugly and unsightly; it’s easy to make an argument that reducing garbage is a good way to go. And garbage contributes to the larger environmental issues we face. Did you know that […]






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Setting Goals in the Classroom

With the Olympics underway, success and achievement are big topics. The achievements of these athletes are inspiring to watch, particularly to young people with aspirations of their own. Some of your students may have their sights set on the Olympic podium, others may have plans for careers in the arts, law, medicine or social change. Olympic athletes have a skill that all of your students need, regardless of their personal aspirations: goal setting. Olympians know how to set the bar high enough to increase their motivation and achievement without setting themselves up for failure. Listen […]






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Every Week Should Be Bike-To-School Week

Bike-to-school day is in May each year with some schools extending the event to a bike-to-school week or month. But biking to school provides young people with so many benefits that it shouldn’t be a brief event near the end of the school year. It should be routine. Fewer and fewer students are riding their bikes to school. The figures vary according to region, but in all parts of North America cycling and walking to school has fallen anywhere from ten to thirty percent. In an era where childhood obesity and the need to reduce […]






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Is YouTube in the Classroom a Good Idea?

Opinion on the internet seems to be unanimous: schools should be using YouTube. A search for “blocking YouTube in schools” yields articles explaining why schools should stop blocking YouTube mixed in with advice for working around school blocks. But schools are still blocking YouTube in Canada and in the US. The main reason is safety. This is a valid concern, but it’s not that simple. There are many other considerations such as fair access, quality of education and the loss of reading skills acquisition time. Blocking YouTube to Protect Children The United States has the […]






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