Inspire a love of learning beyond the walls of your classroom
Over the past couple of years, I have tried to set an engaging tone to my classroom by focusing each day on a separate activity; while, continuing to teach the skills and content outlined in my curriculum. So, days like #MysteryMonday, #TravelingTuesday, and so on have kept me accountable to students to provide engagement each day - in one way or another.
Recently, I came across #MakerMonday and some terrific resources by John Spencer - creator of the Maker Monday Challenge - check it out! This would be a great way to creatively engage students at the start of each week.
For additional inspiration (and to get into the "maker mindset") - read Nicholas Provenzano's "The Maker Mentality."
So, what about #TravelingTuesday?
As a teacher in a rural district in northeastern New York state, I have assigned myself the purpose of inspiring students to love learning by offering them opportunities to connect to people, places, and ideas well beyond the walls of my classroom. Over the past five years, we have participated in round-table discussions with students in Ethiopia, consulted with professionals at the World Food Programme and MIT Media Center's Open Agriculture Initiative, traveled virtually to NASA Kennedy Space Center and several National Parks across the United States. #TravelingTuesday gives us an opportunity each week to 'travel' to a new place, talk to different people, and come in contact with new out-of-the-box ideas. So, since this blog is about sharing resources...here are some ready-to-go options for your #TravelingTuesday!
As always, if you know of other #TravelingTuesday resources, please share with me @jenhesseltine @PitchThisEDU on Twitter, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will update the blog!
About the Author
Love all things related to learning. All classroom content is being 'played out' - in real life - every day in our communities. How might we harness that reality? This year...2021...sharing snippets from my journal entries over the past 5 years, as well as projects I am working on now.
-Jen Hesseltine (@jenhesseltine)