I Taught Kindergarteners About Plastic Pollution, and They Are Eager to Be Part of the Solution
by Elizabeth O. Crawford, Ph.D. During Earth Week 2018, I was a guest presenter to kindergarteners attending Island Montessori School…
Teacher Planner Offers Resources, Ideas for Exploring Social Justice Issues
by Marsha Rakestraw Many teachers are eager for resources that can help them integrate humane education (which includes social justice)…
Helping Students Explore Childish Gambino’s “This is America”
by Marsha Rakestraw On May 5, Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, released “This is America,” a new song and music…
Building Empathy and Critical Thinking: A Lesson About Animals
by Zoe Weil A few years ago at our Summer Residency for educators at the Institute for Humane Education, teacher…
Resources for Teaching About Sexual Harassment, Assault, and Violence Issues
by Marsha Rakestraw While the recent #MeToo movement has amplified the problem of sexual harassment and violence, such violence has…
Making Connections, Creating Solutions (lesson plan)
by Marsha Rakestraw How are a plastic bag, a shell, and some sea water connected? In her lesson plan Making…
Take Calculated Steps to Reduce Your Footprint
by Marsha Rakestraw You’ve probably read tons of tips about living lighter on the planet, but have you ever taken…
Get Wise About Water: Ideas and Resources for Teaching About Water Issues
by Marsha Rakestraw Many of us take for granted washing our hands, using flush toilets, getting a drink of clean…
Resources for Teaching and Learning About Child Marriage
by Marsha Rakestraw When she was 11-years-old in the 1970s, Sherry Johnson was forced to marry the 20-year-old man who…
Who’s Missing From Mainstream Media? (lesson plans)
by Marsha Rakestraw A few years ago at our graduate student residency, one of the students led an activity in…
“Boys Can’t Do That!”: 3 Activities for Exploring Gender Roles with Young Children
by Marsha Rakestraw “He can’t have a doll, he’s a boy!” “Girls can’t be firemen!” “You’re not a boy. You…
We Need to Do a Better Job of Teaching Students About US Slavery
by Marsha Rakestraw In February 2018, a Bronx teacher allegedly had a few of her black students lie on the…