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Humane Education Activity: Wonder Box

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on September 10, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Start nurturing reverence for nature and a sense of wonder from the first day of school. The Wonder Box is used to hold a collection of various natural found objects (shells, leaves, feathers, rocks, etc.)…. More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Lauren Allison

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 15, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Lauren Allison, who earned her M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Humane Education, teaches middle school English at a school in Porter, Indiana. She discovered humane education while looking for options to complete… More

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The Power of Language: Our Newest Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 27, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For March, in honor of Words Matter Week (March 2-8), we’re posting about the power of language. Let us know what you think by commenting.) In… More

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Clothes, Class and Consequences: Humane Education in Language Arts

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 24, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

We start receiving messages about consumerism, class and appearance early on, but rarely do we offer young people an opportunity to examine how some of those cultural messages influence our self-image and choices. Look at… More

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One Small Step: Volunteering as a Humane Educator

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 19, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

When it comes to launching into humane education, inertia and trepidation can take hold: What if I don’t know enough/I’m not good enough? What if my audience is bored/annoyed/traumatized? What if someone disagrees with me?… More

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Humane Education Activity: Alien in the Ethical Universe

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 24, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

If aliens came down to Earth and observed how we humans treat others (humans and nonhuman animals), what would they notice? What inconsistencies would they find? What differences between what we say is so and… More

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Humane Education Activity: Find Your Tree

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 19, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

We’re losing our connection with the natural world. That which sustains us, feeds and nurtures us, inspires us. We depend on it for our very survival, yet we continue to allow all our gadgets and… More

Enter the Winter YES! National Student Writing Competition

Written by blogger | No Comments | Published on January 3, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image screenshot YES! Magazine. This winter our friends at YES! are sponsoring a writing competition for students in middle school through university. Students are to read the YES! article, “What Can Change When We Learn… More

TeachKind Lessons & Activities

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 29, 2012 | Filed under Animal Protection, Education, Elementary, High School, Humane Education, Middle School, Resources, Websites

Lessons and activities focused on animal protection issues. Lessons are categorized by class subject. (Note: Several of these lessons were created by Zoe Weil and Rae Sikora, co-founders of the Institute for Humane Education.) More

Enter the YES! National Student Writing Competition

Written by blogger | No Comments | Published on August 28, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy YES! Magazine screenshot. This fall our friends at YES! are sponsoring a writing competition for students in middle school through university. Students are to read the YES! article, “Living Large in a Tiny… More