We've reflected on our school years, now, we're reflecting on our chat. The 3rd year of worldgeochat was amazing - we brought in great guest moderators, shared resources, got @NatGeoEducation to become a regular part of our chat (a goal from Day 1), expanded our PLN, and whipped together a book club in 10 days! … Continue reading Worldgeochat – Summer 2017
For the past 8 years I have spent the first 8 days of June in Cincinnati, Ohio scoring AP Human Geography Exams. Most of my friends and family think I am crazy, but scoring AP Human Geography exams has been one of the highlights of my summer for 12 years (1 year in Clemson, South … Continue reading A Geographer’s Perspective of Cincinnati
I graduated from UMass Amherst in 2013 with a Master’s in Education, B.A. in History and a minor in Classical Civilizations. I was ready for the workforce. I was ready to change lives with students. I applied EVERYWHERE in Massachusetts (even a couple in southern New Hampshire and Maine). I bought the outfits, went over … Continue reading Bringing My Passion into the Classroom
I should have written this post three years ago and titled it “So I started moderating a twitter chat” but that didn’t happen. In case you’ve missed it I should tell you that #worldgeochat is becoming a ‘thing’ on twitter. We just ended our third season of chats and our participation has grown each and … Continue reading Why #worldgeochat is the best chat out on the Twitters!
For whatever reason, whenever I think of vocabulary I think of Pee Wee's Playhouse and the "secret word". Most that will read this probably only remember Pee Wee Herman for being creepy. Before all that, Saturday mornings meant the insanity of Pee Wee's Playhouse. How the secret word works is that Pee Wee and the … Continue reading Vocab Strategies & Resources: Because Words are Important
Twitter is an amazing wealth of resources. So many great things freely shared by teachers from all over the world. This post is simple. Just a quick overview of 3 resources worth using in your geography/global studies/social science class. National Geographic Education [Full disclosure - the worldgeochat moderators are obsessed with National Geographic and are … Continue reading 3 FREE Resources for next year
In my district AP Human Geography is the only AP course offered to freshmen and at my school about 45% of 9th graders take it. I don't want to debate the pros and cons of 9th graders taking an AP course, because it my district it is what it is. Most freshmen taking the course … Continue reading Who Wants to Go to School in the Summer? These Kids!
One of the latest “crazes” out there in education right now (and has been for a while) is gamification. In her article What is Gamification and Why Use It in Teaching?, Macie Hall defines gamification as “the application of typical elements of game playing (rules of play, point scoring, competition with others) to other areas … Continue reading Welcome to the (Semi) Amazing Race
In my last Google Earth post, I focused on many of the the new features that Google has chosen to include in their new online version. Today I’d like to show you how Google wants you to create a MyMap and how you can view them in the online version of Google Earth. This is … Continue reading New Online Google Earth Tutorial: Part III
I am a parent and a teacher. My wife is a parent and a teacher. Quite a few of our friends are parents and teachers. But I also have friends who are just one of those, a teacher, or a parent. As a parent, I hear a lot of criticism (and occasionally praise) of teachers … Continue reading What every parent should know about teachers, and what every teacher should know about parents