Teaching Outside the Box

Meaningful learning pushes boundaries with action, inquiry, and innovation.
"Jazz in America" Curriculum

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has developed "Jazz in America," an Internet-based jazz curriculum for social studies, American history, and music classes to help students "develop imaginative thinking, creativity, curiosity, a positive self image, and a respect for their own and others' cultural heritage."

Visual Learning: Message in a Bottle

This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about the risks and rewards of protests, and how to use social media to get people to support your cause.

Visual Learning: Out of Character

This Visual Learning activity will get your students thinking about the intersection of handwriting and digital typeface, and the fate of cursive writing around the world.

Biomimicry 3.8 Institute

The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute supports scientists, engineers, architects, business-people, and teachers who desire to use nature's models as inspiration for creating man-made products and sustainable technologies.

The Debate on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Study these three infographics to get three different points of view on GMOs. Students will learn about GMOs—and become more discerning about what organizations want them to believe.

Animal Odd Couples

Are animals capable of feeling emotions? PBS Nature shares evidence that humans are not the only ones on the planet who cares, loves, and empathizes. Meet five animal odd couples.

Curriculum & Resources: TED-Ed

TED-Ed matches talented teachers and amazing animators to produce an impressive film library and platform for turning any video into a customized lesson.

Visual Learning: Lost Your Marbles?

This Visual Learning lesson plan will get your students thinking about community, public art, and why they can or can't buy spray paint.

Go Local! Learning In and Outside the Classroom

Sarah Anderson’s philosophy of happy, healthy, and democratic communities unexpectedly led her to place-based education and the students of Southwest Charter School in Portland, Oregon. This is Sarah’s story.

Maps That Stretch the Mind

Like history, maps tell a story from the writer or creator's perspective. ODT Maps believes that there are many ways to see the world—including upside down. Explore the organization's many maps (with thoughtful explanations), videos, free downloads, quizzes, and more.