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
Sometimes you have that perfect lesson that shows how important geography is.
If you go back and look at what I've written about most for the #worldgeochat blog, it is without question, Taking Action! Taking Action is perhaps the most important piece of any inquiry unit. It's the chance to extend the learning into the real world. It is truly my passion! Want to read up about taking … Continue reading Taking Action in Geography
This past Thursday, I had a social science curriculum team meeting. The 7th grade group that I'm a part of includes #worldgeochat members @ecasey77 and @le_reitz as well as two other teachers that I PLC with three times a week, and two other teachers from other schools in our district. While in this meeting, I … Continue reading Making the best of meeting days
It's a Sunday afternoon. You're driving home from wherever and you see a sign that says, "Open House." You follow the sign to the house. It's a house that looks amazing from the outside, so you decide that you might as well take the 15 minutes and wander through. As you walk in you see … Continue reading Teachers, you are in the sales business
When we asked last Spring for ideas for future topics for #worldgeochat, the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals) was definitely a popular idea. These 17 goals are aimed to change the world by the year 2030 and tie in PERFECTLY with world geography and global studies courses. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G0ndS3uRdo#action=share We are luck … Continue reading #worldgeochat + #teachSDGs = AWESOME
I love maps. I love old maps and tech enhanced maps. I vividly remember from my childhood that when my dad took business trips, the souvenir he always brought me was the United Airlines flight magazine. I would sit in my room and plot routes all over the country and world. I loved it. … Continue reading Stop making students memorize maps!
Each year, teachers of all levels in all subject areas are given the same task: find a way to work literacy and math skills into your curriculum. And they do. We've seen an increase in writing in all subject areas. Physical education classes play games that involve math or vocabulary. Music and art classes have … Continue reading 3 ways to add geography to your classroom