Dear friend of The Classroom Beyond,
We’re just one week away from the first episode of my podcast for informal educators! Starting on the 29th of November, I’ll be dropping a new conversation every Tuesday. Here’s what the first three episodes have in store:
- Nov. 29: Tellus Science Museum (Georgia) educator Kady Yeomans; we talk about museum floor technique and handling controversial topics. Blog posts on audience-centered teaching and the research of Louise Chawla on early-life experiences in nature.
- Dec. 6: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (California) educator Jim DePompei on their storied history of teaching through movement and activity. I blog about the teaching technique total physical response and one of the world’s more bizarre silversides: grunion.
- Dec. 13: San Antonio Zoo (Texas) educator Eileen Garcia-Sanchez on the benefits of risky play and experiential education for pre-school aged learners. The blog describes the link between risky play and children’s health – research seems to indicate that promoting some risk-taking leads to more safety and wellbeing.
Each podcast also includes a “fun fact” of the week – from the smell of coyote urine to a peripheral vision experiment – so make sure to listen until the end!
Oh, by the way – I don’t believe in involuntary e-mail newsletters. If you want me to keep you up to date on the project, just respond to this message with a “count me in” or something and I’ll add you to my list. (Or visit the newsletter page to subscribe.) Otherwise, you can expect no more bulk e-mail from me, I promise.
To those of you from the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving! To all of you, many thanks again for your interest and support of the project. Feel free to get in touch – I’d love to hear what you think.