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Why Ask Why? On Toddlers, the Brain, and Learning

  When my daughter turned two and a half, it was almost as if the “Why? switch” turned on in her brain. Actually, maybe that is exactly what happened. For well over a year and a half, she asked, “Why?” to just about anything that I did or said. I would respond with an explanation,

Field Trips: From Fiasco to Fantastic (Part 2)

In my last blog post I introduced my new “miniseries” on how to take fieldtrips from fiasco to fantastic. Whether you are a classroom teacher or a site coordinator for a field trip destination, you know all of the planning and effort that can go into a successful field trip. You might even know how

Field Trips – From Fiasco to Fantastic (Part 1)

I recently presented on the topic of field trips at the Advancing Environmental Education Conference organized by the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education. It was something I had wanted to present about a few years ago, but life got in the way. Last month I pulled together all of my recollections and memories from my time in school

A Few of My Favorite (Online) Things

With the holidays, lots of extra stuff to do, and extra “help” around the house, I finally gave up on trying to put together an end of year post for the Curiosity Field Notebook. I didn’t give up on curiosity, though! In the calm moments of the evening, as I finished up the dishes in

Welcome to the Curiosity Field Notebook

A few years ago, a friend and supervisor of mine at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science asked me to take the StrengthFinder 2.0 test. My number one strength? LEARNER. The news came as a surprise to… absolutely no one. I loved school and would have become a professional student if that would have