During the early summer months of the COVID pandemic, community members in my hometown sought refuge in the beautiful gardens at BAYarts, the non-profit arts organization where I work. The gardens provided a welcome relief for weary residents seeking solace in nature and also the opportunity to safely reconnect with others. However, the notion of … Continue reading BAYarts to Create a Sensory Garden
From the moment that I heard about the National Geographic Educator Certification course at the Ohio Arts Education Conference in the fall of 2019, I knew that I wanted to become a certified instructor. I have been teaching and blogging about environmental education for many years and wanted to formalize my teaching methods. The online … Continue reading It’s Official! I’m a National Geographic Certified Educator.
Illustrated Nature Journals for Kids Summary: Whether writing for scientific purposes or personal satisfaction or to convey personal experiences in the natural world to others, what better place to start a nature journal than on the Huntington Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. Students will explore Huntington Beach, Porter Creek and the flora and fauna of the … Continue reading Teach Green: Lesson Plan to Create an Illustrated Nature Journal
We have reached the time during summer break when kids are bored and many parents struggle to find ways to entertain them until school starts again. This seems counterintuitive to me. It has been well established that American students have slipped in the international education rankings. As a result, the Common Core State Standards were … Continue reading The Home Team Advantage: Beware of the “Summer Slide”
In celebration of National Environmental Education Week and Earth Day next Tuesday April 22, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who read my blog in the United States and around the world. TeachGreenBlog now has readership in over 30 countries! I appreciate your continued support and shared interest in … Continue reading Introducing The Green Beans & the Litterbugs: A Multimedia Approach to Environmental Education
Throughout my childhood, our family farm in Pennsylvania was not only a summer getaway from city life, but also a place to host extended family and friends. Many times we were allowed to bring classmates from school. One particular friend shared my affinity for horses and was a frequent guest. We spent long summer days … Continue reading Environmental Education in the Flipped Classroom
In the spring of 1912, F.A. and Gertrude Seiberling traveled to England, along with their adult daughter Irene and New York architect Charles Schneider, to seek inspiration for the Tudor revival-style home they were planning to build six miles northwest of Akron. The founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and his family had completed … Continue reading The Seiberling Legacy: One family’s passion and purpose helped to shape the landscape of America
There's a grassroots movement trending in communities across the country. It started with a handful of tech-savvy pioneers and a few innovative educators. Slowly, it moved in to the mainstream, catching the attention of parents and kids searching for a better way. Forward-thinking businesses and avant-garde entrepreneurs saw the immense, untapped potential and jumped on … Continue reading My Take on the Flipped Classroom