Posts by: Guest Authors

“Climate change is real”
Say new state standards & NYSSBA 

The NYS School Boards Association’s new report recommends that when it comes to climate change school districts and teachers should avoid debate and let the data speak for itself.

Sharing place-based ideas . . .
With colleagues and students

I want to increase the number of teachers who include place-based opportunities for their students. As a teacher, I know that I am much more apt to try something new if an activity or lesson is already created, so that I don’t have to recreate the wheel.

What plants grow at your school?
A project for the new school year

In the spring of 2016, fifth graders at Woodstock Day School began a study of native and invasive plants on the school property. Their classroom teacher, Jennifer Farmer, and I – the science teacher — worked together to maximize learning. Students were already familiar with water chestnuts from an earlier trip to Saugerties Lighthouse.

Minnewaska State Park: A Place of Wonder

Minnewaska State Park Preserve is a vital space for future generations argues a middle school teacher. “First of all, it is beautiful. I have traveled to many wild parks in America on both coasts and all over the Rocky Mountain region — and Lake Minnewaska and its surrounding land are special. Standing on top of the cliffs….

Paradise in the Hills

Sometimes, if the weather is just right, if it’s sunny with a slight breeze and there aren’t too many clouds in the sky, you can find my mother sitting on a lawn chair reading. She’ll have her sunglasses on, her legs crossed, and she’ll be reading …

Find Your Park, Find Your Fun
Community Discovery Day

Sat., May 6, staff and volunteers at the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites are eager to share lesser-known features of these treasured places with local families. Special free activities will highlight unique aspects of these national historic sites.

A Plum of a Place

Building a throne made of rocks along the beach of Plum Point is a memory I share with my sisters. We began near the shoreline, using a huge rock already embedded in the sand as our starting point. We layered medium-sized rocks on top of each other. Then we used smaller rocks….

Black Rock

Emma Byrne is one of three top-scoring middle school students in this year’s Writing about Place. She is a fifth grader at Cornwall Central Middle School; her teacher is Patricia Young. You can read the other two middle school pieces here and here, winning elementary school poems here, and one high school essay here. Check back …

What’s Hugo’s Story?

What’s Hugo’s story? Let’s back up. The real question was, “What is the story of the New Paltz Huguenots, and how could I break it down so kids got it?” It’s the first question I pondered upon becoming Historic Huguenot Street’s school programming coordinator. I had taught for years so I was used to asking those kinds of questions.

Let Me Take You to a Mountain

A 9th grader invites you to visit a place of excitement, wonder, and breathtaking sights. Where the cool wind flows like water through the trees and the smell of the earth swallows you as you take more and more steps further into this beautiful place. What is this place?