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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,

Back to School: 5 Science-based Tips for Supporting Your Kids’ Academic Success

5 Science-Based Tips for Supporting Your Kids’ Academic Success It’s that time of year again. The morning air is comfortably crisp, pumpkin-flavored everything is everywhere, and my daily Facebook feed is filled with the obligatory “First Day of School” pictures. Look at those flashy, new backpacks and bright smiles! The parent in me wonders how

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