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Behind the Smokescreen: Using Critical Thinking to Explore Tobacco and Tobacco Ads

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 30, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

 by Marsha Rakestraw My first memory of smoking is when I was hanging out with my much older brother and his friends, who found a pack of cigarettes and decided to give the forbidden sticks… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Do Something Good That Scares You

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 28, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Marsha Rakestraw “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” (Christopher Robin to Pooh) ~ A.A. Milne Last week I did… More

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Resources for Teaching About Issues Related to Elections and Voting

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 26, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Marsha Rakestraw I don’t ever remember seeing as much discussion, passion, vitriol, or engagement as I have with this election period in the U.S. Elections may be a regular thing, and voting may… More

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Behind the Label: Explore the Meanings and Motivations of Product Labels

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 23, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Marsha Rakestraw When we’re able, many of us want to make more compassionate, sustainable choices. Labels on products are one tool we use to help us choose items we hope do more good… More

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Killing a Worm When I Was Eight Reminded Me of My Values

Written by Guest Blogger | 1 Comment | Published on May 21, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Amanda Schmit   When I was eight-years-old I loved all animals. Cats, dogs, giant centipedes. I was very inclusive. My family had moved across the country from Palmdale, California, to Buffalo, New York, so… More

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Explore Ecological Footprints With “Leave Only Footprints” (lesson plan)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 19, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

Every choice we make has an impact on people, animals, and the earth. Our footprints, both physical and metaphorical, are everywhere. In the activity “Leave Only Footprints,”  participants (grades 6 and up) use paper footprints… More

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5 Things (Social) Science Tells Us to Do When Talking About Climate Change

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on May 16, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Call it climate change, global warming, climate catastrophe, or the impending apocalypse, we’ve seen that it’s rampaging across our planet and affecting every being on earth. A new poll from the Yale… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Kate Skwire

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 14, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

    IHE M.Ed. graduate Kate Skwire has just begun her career in humane education at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in High Falls, New York, where she leads tours for school groups and the public and… More

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Use “Unfairy Tales” to Share the Stories of Syrian Child Refugees

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 12, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Syria’s children are suffering. More than eight million children have been affected by the conflict in Syria and nearly three million have been displaced from their homes. They don’t have access to… More

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Moving Beyond “It’s a Personal Choice”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 5 Comments | Published on May 9, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Marsha  Rakestraw “It’s a personal choice.” If you’ve been a humane educator or changemaker for any length of time, you’ve probably heard those words frequently. You may even have said them yourself. We… More