One of the aspects that I like most about teaching world geography is that we study the world as it is today. That doesn't preclude history, as I often tell my students we often have to look to the past to understand the current situation, yet the bulk of our time is focused on current … Continue reading Breaking News: Current Events Lesson Ideas
I've blogged before about how NCSS13 impacted my life. I saw Dave Burgess, found a great lesson on using music to teach Apartheid that @ecasey77 and I still use (Ed blogged about it here), learned about global education from Teachers for Global Classrooms, and learned about H2O for Life for Schools (@h2oschools). Looking at this … Continue reading What do you get from a Walk for Water?
Every year I marvel at how quickly a school year flies by. I'm finishing up my 10 year of teaching and I can still vividly recall my first year! It is also our last #worldgeochat of the 2016-2017 school year. This will be the completion of the 3rd season of the chat. Don't worry we … Continue reading Celebrate, Reflect, and Look to the Future
As of 3:40 today I will have wrapped up my 25th year of teaching. Closing out the school year is one of the busiest and probably most stressful times for teachers. I am lucky enough to work with the best group of veteran professional educators, so I turned to them for advice to give new … Continue reading That’s a Wrap!
Field trips are part of the whole school experience. You get excited to pack up that bag lunch, maybe not bring your backpack to school (too cool for that!), and be the kid that brings the huge bag of goldfish or Sour Patch Kids to share with the entire bus. I personally believe that field … Continue reading Let’s Go Exploring!
On the recommendation of one of the other moderators in #worldgeochat, today I’ll be giving you a few tips on getting started with using Google Earth as part of your instruction. I’m going to focus on the new online version on Google Earth since this seems to be the wave of the future. If you’d … Continue reading New Google Earth basics
In 2 short weeks most of my summer days will start like this...pour coffee, ease into my recliner, and start reading. I CAN'T WAIT! I love summer for so many reasons. The pace of the day is so much slower, I can take longer runs, spend long days with my family in Michigan and on … Continue reading Summer Reading: 1 Of My Favorite Things
"Had I been asked to define global education, even just a few years ago, I would have said it was students learning about the world. I would have thought that I was doing it with my 7th graders because our curriculum is world geography. And I would have been wrong." These three sentences are the … Continue reading You don’t need to teach geography to be a global educator
A previews of #worldgeochat May 23,2017 edition where we chat about Google Earth.
Our district decided to replace all the network printers in the district over the past two weeks. This doesn't sound like a problem, but none of the printers have worked for TWO WEEKS. Teachers and students were panicking the first few days. How were teachers to print items we needed for class? How were students … Continue reading Mind Shift