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
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
On Tuesday night #worldgeochat held the 1st of our 4 part series of Tuesday night chats in June about the amazing book Play Like A Pirate. In Quinn Rollins' book he introduces countless strategies to make learning come alive by brining in the fun. Whether it be action figures, super heroes, Legos, or comic books … Continue reading Geography is Fun!
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
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
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
I am a sucker for a great movie montage. Time speeds up as the viewer watches the hero train relentlessly to win that championship. Rocky made use of this movie trope in each of the films in that series to great effect, so much so that there is a statue immortalizing it in Philly. The … Continue reading 2017 Wins Made Better
This past week's #worldgeochat was about "ditching the textbook". (Check out the archives here.) My "current" textbook was published in 2005. In a course in which we study the modern world this can be hopelessly out of date. Yet, our chat got me thinking of times that the textbook could prove to be useful. My … Continue reading All the Feels with Primary Sources
Yes, i'm old enough to have actually made a mixtape. I have been obesessed with music since junior high. I can distinctly remember waiting for my favorite song to come on the radio and hitting record as soon as it begins as to not miss a second. Music fills a void, a void of silence. … Continue reading Take Your Classroom Playlist To 11!
You may refer to it as a text set, but in our district they are often referred to by a far prettier name...the text bouquet. No matter what you refer to it, this can be a handy tool to help with your social studies instruction. A text set is centered around an anchor story, text, … Continue reading Do you want to build a text set?