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
I use the map above on the very first day of school. I ask my students what street the purple line is. Most fail in their guesses. Do you know what street that is? The correct answer is Madison Ave. I advise my students that Madison Ave in Chicago is the dividing line between the … Continue reading Maps: Beyond Memorization
For the past 12 years I have spent the first week of June with other geography teachers scoring the Advanced Placement Human Geography Exams. While many of my colleagues think I'm crazy to spend a week of my summer scoring tests, I quickly realized the opportunities available to teachers at the AP Reading won't happen … Continue reading The Best Professional Development for AP Teachers
It’s my final Thursday before the school year ends! It’s a very odd and blissful feeling. Here comes summer time, the time where I catch up with family and friends, spend time at the lake, do a little bit of travelling (like heading out to NCGE with the #worldgeochat crew), and binge-watching Netflix shows. I’ve … Continue reading Bring On Summer Reading!
In #worldgeochat we’ve talked at length about moving away from strict memorization of countries and locations around the world. It is becoming more and more agreed upon that spending all this time on filling out maps for the sole purpose of memorization is not an effective use of class time. I agree with this sentiment … Continue reading Geography Gaming
I'm a creature of habit. That is what I've told my students for the past 10 years. Each day, with the exception of test days started the same way. The students would answer the bell ringer question on the front board and take out the listed supplies that was also projected. The question would either … Continue reading Rethinking the First 5 Minutes of Class
As I write this, I'm two weeks into Summer, and have finally gotten into full Summer mode. I'm sitting on the deck with an ice tea typing away on a Sunday afternoon. Like so many other teachers, Summer is a chance to read. During the school year I rarely have time to read between school … Continue reading The Bitter Side of Sweet