This week #worldgeochat welcomes Quinn Rollins to talk about using Graphic Novels in your geography classroom. Take a look at these resources about Graphic Novels: Quinn Rollins: Play Like a Pirate For those of you on Instagram, Quinn's School Comics account has a wealth of graphic novels. Tim Smyth's History Comics site Tim also has done … Continue reading #worldgeochat Talks Graphic Novels!
The Super Bowl, the Olympics and gamification… OH MY! This week in the #worldgeochat community is wicked exciting, as we will be exploring how to incorporate games within the classroom! Guest moderator Christian Conrad (@mrconrad_lhs), will be taking us on a journey as we discuss one of the hottest topics of student engagement: gamification! Here … Continue reading Preview Post — Gamification on Tuesday, 9PM EST
This is not my normal post. It's not about why geography or social studies in general are important. It's about how EVERY class is important. We live in a time where data drives everything. We evaluate the success of schools based on test scores in reading and math (and sometimes, though rarely, science). Of course those subjects … Continue reading Every Class Matters
Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees - Mary Beth Leatherdale & Eleanor Shakespeare 2017 - Annick Press 56 pages 5/5 Gold Stars I don't care what grade level you teach, students love picture books. There is something funny and sweet about 7th graders sitting on the floor listening to their teacher read a picture … Continue reading Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees – Book Review & how to use it in your class
As I did my normal Twitter scroll this morning, I came across a tweet that saddened me. https://twitter.com/JasonReynolds83/status/955792957298434050 I first found Hugh Masekela in 1987 while watching Paul Simon's Graceland concert special on HBO. My mom had the Graceland cassette tape (it would be another 4 years before the Heffernans had a CD player) and I … Continue reading Hugh Masekela & his role in my classroom
Guest post by this week's #worldgeochat host Eric Nelson (@FANgeopolitics ) Hi everyone! 🏅 I'm looking forward to chatting this Tuesday night, January 23rd, about how to use sports (aka organized play) to boost teaching and learning, especially during big world events like the upcoming Winter Olympics! “Sports” are one of the most relatable activities as … Continue reading Teaching Through Sports (A Preview of Tuesday, January 23rd’s #worldgeochat)
We've all been there... District Professional Development Day. Where you are sent to a mandated district training that may or may not pertain to the content area or age group you teach. Sometimes it's a winner, sometimes it's not, but rarely is there anything for geography teachers. In fact, that is how so many geo … Continue reading Chat Preview — Professional Development 1/16/2018
Dear Mr. President, I have so many thoughts right now, but I'll try to keep this simple for you. My school has students from 38 nations. It is hard enough for them to adjust to life in a new country as an adolescent without someone calling their homeland a "shithole country." As a geography teacher, … Continue reading Dear Mr. President – A Response to the “Shithole Countries” Comment
How am I going to re-energize my students and get them excited to begin 2018 in my global studies class? This is a question that has gnawed at me all break. We are studying human migration currently and will be delving into the topic of refugees post winter break. I've thought to myself would it … Continue reading Student Engagement: Jump Start 2018
Dear worldgeochatters, We are so excited to share our Spring schedule with you. We met last week to try to come up with a schedule for the Winter and Spring and ran into an unexpected problem - not enough weeks to cover all the topics we want to address! We have some great guest moderators … Continue reading Welcome #worldgeochat 2018!