I originally was going to do a holiday themed post about the best gifts a geography teacher could get, but then Kristi Reinke asked the question of how to spend $100 for her class. Here are some ideas that would go perfect in a #worldgeochat classroom. Fantasy Geopolitics - Started by worldgeochat friend, Eric Nelson, … Continue reading If I had $100 for my geography classroom
Because of a previous post on this blog, Stop Making Students Memorize Maps, I've been accused by some of thinking that maps aren't an important tool for students to use. But nothing could be further from the truth. I don't think there is much to gain from memorizing where countries are, but maps are an essential … Continue reading Maps Still Matter in a GPS World
This is a different kind of post. No strategy. No plea to change your thinking, No preview of an upcoming topic. With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I'm thankful for what this community provides. I'm thankful that I've been friends with Ed in real life and that he got me on Twitter. I'm thankful … Continue reading I’m thankful for #worldgeochat
We've just begun our population inquiry and our first supporting question deals with the vocabulary students need to know. We started off defining 10 terms in student friendly language. Then the class chose three countries and completed this chart using the CIA World Factbook to find the data. My class chose Iceland, Netherlands, and every … Continue reading A #worldgeochat Quick Hit – Teaching CER without grading
One of the topics that geography teachers struggle most with is addressing religions in their classroom. Some teachers avoid the topic all together, others approach it with the sterility of a forensic scientist. Because geography includes both physical AND human components, it is so important that we address one of the most important aspects of … Continue reading #worldgeochat Preview – Teaching World Religions – November 14
If your calendar is like the one on the wall at my home, in November it has Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. I don't have a bad thing to say about either of those days, they are both well worth us celebrating. But your calendar probably left Sunday, November 19 blank. I'll wait right here while … Continue reading How will you celebrate #WorldToiletDay?
This post is a little different than most of my posts, but I beg you to stick with me on this one. With Halloween around the corner, adults and children across the country go through the same panic - what will I be for Halloween? For children, it is easy. There are standbys that have … Continue reading A #worldgeochat Halloween Reminder
3 ways to help students understand the story of a place!
I'm writing this blog post on a cool, rainy, Chicago, October Saturday night. The setting here is important. Outside in my backyard are my 7th grade son and three of his friends. Despite the periodic rain, wind, and cooler temperatures, they are all sitting around a fire. About an hour ago they began searching for … Continue reading The joys of social studies
Join #worldgeochat tonight, October 3 at 9 Eastern/8 Central as we talk about Media Literacy. Media Literacy is perhaps most important content that isn't being addressed enough by any of the contents. But Julie Smith, author of Master the Media can help us with that. If you haven't picked up a copy of her book, I … Continue reading #worldgeochat TONIGHT – Mastering the Media with @julnilsmith