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A Whole New World

Posted on August 24 2020

A Whole New World

Dear Educators,

Last week, I saw a photo of a friend’s son attending his first day of kindergarten—virtually—and it really caught my attention. All of us are transitioning to a new world, thanks to COVID, but it strikes me that some among us have lost their opportunity to experience the old one. While none of this is “normal” for most of us, for that little boy and thousands of others, this is the only experience of school they’ve ever had. We are currently creating a world by our responses that will be normal before we know it. What does the future hold?

This week our resources center around the concept of change and the new normal. We hope you’re having a good week back to school and that these resources can spark some interesting conversations in your classrooms, be they brick and mortar, or virtual!

 
Geography News Network

The Democratic Convention has become a virtual event this year too! This is going to be an election unlike any we have ever seen before. This GNN article will explain the concept and put it into historical context for your students.

READ MORE HERE

Democratic Convention

While this year the Democratic Convention will be located everywhere and nowhere thanks to the magic of the internet, this map will show you where it’s been held before. Where do your students think it will be for the next election?

EXPLORE THE MAP
Expanding Frontiers

Expanding into a brave new world has been a common theme in American culture and history that we are continuing today. The tales of Lewis and Clark precede the Jefferson Era of expansion. What was similar and different about our world today compared to that of the Jefferson Era? Discover that in this National Geographic Video.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
Why We Do What We Do

Our ability to adapt to change as a species has not been this evident before in our lives. However, as a species, this type of adaptability isn’t just intrinsic to us, it defines us. This fascinating article from the Smithsonian highlights our flexibility.

Watch the Video
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