Well, it's that time of year again. It's the beginning of the evaluation conversations with evaluators, administrators, and your colleagues. A time to start looking at the past year and seeing where I went right, and where I can improve. A time to looking at all the successes from the past couple of years but … Continue reading Having a Growth Mindset with Self-Assessment
The start of the school year comes with such a rush of energy that is a floodgate opened after a heavy rain. Ideas that have been percolating for the entire summer are finally able to be put into practice. Student organization charts, seating plans, introductory lessons, engaging flipped or blended learning. The first few weeks … Continue reading The Grind
"The leader of the country is hurting his people because he is spending all his money on weapons and stuff instead of stuff for his people." The sentence listed above was from a former student of mine who was writing about North Korea. Unfortunately, sentences like this can be quite common when teaching the 7th … Continue reading Introducing Academic Vocabulary and “Stuff”
This past Thursday, I had a social science curriculum team meeting. The 7th grade group that I'm a part of includes #worldgeochat members @ecasey77 and @le_reitz as well as two other teachers that I PLC with three times a week, and two other teachers from other schools in our district. While in this meeting, I … Continue reading Making the best of meeting days
The United States, Mexico and the Caribbean have had more than the usual number of natural disasters lately. Forest fires in Oregon and Washington, an earthquake off the coast of Mexico and hurricanes in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean have all put stress on the people and environments they have impacted. As an educator, how … Continue reading Using Newsela to Teach About Current Events
I grew up playing video games. I absolutely LOVED playing Crash Bandicoot, Donkey Kong, Mario Kart, Kingdom Hearts and the Sims (the original version!). I loved the worlds, the music, the sounds, the fun! But most of all, I loved the challenges. I was always determined to beat the final level, to accomplish the next … Continue reading Gamification: Geography-Style!
What is it about maps that draws you in? For so many of us when we look at a map we become captivated by the lines drawn on the page as if they were an alien language ripe with mystery to be deciphered. We peer into their colors, perspectives, regions, and legends and try to … Continue reading What is it about maps?
Last week, I wrote Part 1 of this post about how I shifted my classroom to one that includes far more student discussion. In that post I shared the first 5 discussion strategies that I use in my classroom to foster more student discussion. This post will detail 10 more discussion strategies that I have … Continue reading Talk It Up: Classroom Discussion Strategies Part 2
It's a Sunday afternoon. You're driving home from wherever and you see a sign that says, "Open House." You follow the sign to the house. It's a house that looks amazing from the outside, so you decide that you might as well take the 15 minutes and wander through. As you walk in you see … Continue reading Teachers, you are in the sales business
I guess you’ve heard by now that #worldgeochat is discussing the topic of maps this week. As a geography teacher maps are a cornerstone of instruction. They are the text in which geographers derive meaning and through which they help students understand the greater context of history, current global issues, economics…. well, to be honest … Continue reading #worldgeochat Preview: Maps Sept 12, 2017