This school year, my curriculum changed from "World Geography" to "Global Studies." It's more than a name change, it reflects a change in what we deem essential for students to know. We are deliberating focusing on the human geography piece more than the physical geography side - something I've written about before in "Why Geography … Continue reading A tool that you need to use with your students
This week, worldgeochat goes back to its roots as we have a regional chat about Africa. The very first worldgeochat blog post I wrote was Teaching Africa Without All the Sadness. For tears I taught Africa through the lens of tragedy and pity. I got my kids to care about Africa, but they felt sorry … Continue reading #worldgeochat Preview – 2/27 – Regional Chat – Africa
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!
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
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
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!
As we close out a year it's always a good idea to both look ahead to the new year as well as look back on what was great (or not so great) from the year before. No year is perfect, and no year is a total disaster. Even my worst years of teaching have had … Continue reading 1 change I made to make my classroom awesome
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