I’ve written before about getting students to shift their perspective on Day 1, you can check it out here. The Day 1 activity is a math problem designed to get student thinking about the nature of time and why it is so fleeting. I place a prism in the window and track a rainbow over … Continue reading Day 2: Inspiration and a promise
Last week I welcomed in my newly minted 7th grade geography students. We had a blast with the "What's in the Box" activity and I look to build on this excitement this week. The challenge that I face is that most of my students haven't studied geography in depth ever before. As a result, I … Continue reading Tackling the Vocab Avalanche
Each year, teachers of all levels in all subject areas are given the same task: find a way to work literacy and math skills into your curriculum. And they do. We've seen an increase in writing in all subject areas. Physical education classes play games that involve math or vocabulary. Music and art classes have … Continue reading 3 ways to add geography to your classroom
Yes, we start school early here in Georgia. Students arrived on Thursday, August 3rd and even though it is hot as blazes in August, I really don't mind the early start. After 8 weeks of summer, I'm ready to get back in the classroom. I'm ready to put into use all the ideas I've gleaned … Continue reading What I Learned the First Week of School
Ahh the beginning of school is drawing near. A new group of students will arrive, all unique and full of wonder (even if they don’t want to admit it). They’re eager to know their teachers, their rotation, who is going to be their locker buddy, who is in their classes, and, of course, when is … Continue reading Curiosities, Stations and BREAKOUTS… OH MY!
As teachers are ramping up the beginning of another school year, I wanted to take a moment to pause, reflect on the summer, and ask a favor of all teachers who are about to submerge themselves in the next 180(or so) schools days. Before you dive in, remember: Remember who you are and what your … Continue reading Sleep. It does a teacher good.
I love YA novels! I wrote about that here. As I read, I'm constantly on the look out for books to incorporate into my class or to recommend to my geography students. My final summer read this year was Refugee by Alan Gratz. It is one of those books that as I read, I was … Continue reading Refugee By Alan Gratz: A Must Read for Social Studies Teachers & Students
One of the many weird things about me is that I remember commercials from long ago. I can still sing the "You deserve a break today" jingle from McDonalds. I remember the taglines and commercials for 1980s local car dealers. It's an odd talent that doesn't really benefit anyone, but it's mine. One of the … Continue reading Centers to start the year
The first day of school is soooo exciting! The build up to new teachers, new friends, new classes is the best. Both teachers and students are excited to see what the new year holds -- everyone is in the hallways, catching up on what's been going on since the last class in May. Then the … Continue reading Rethinking the First Day of School
Teachers have the best job. Work 10 months of the year, then totally bum it for the summer months, right? Wrong! Yes, I’ll admit, I’ve slacked a bit and kicked up my feet in relaxation. Yes, I’ve completely ignored my growing “To Do” list to have a movie night with a giant bowl of popcorn. … Continue reading What I Gained from NCGE (Round 2)