Integrating LEGO & VR Into Social Studies

If you were to ask my students what lesson has probably been their favorite from this school year, my guess is most would say the one I'm about to share with you all. For this lesson, my students built population pyramids out of LEGO for 20 minutes and explored Google Expeditions for the other 20 … Continue reading Integrating LEGO & VR Into Social Studies

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A Conference Win! (Strategies and Resources You Can Use In Your Class Today!)

This past Saturday I made the trek from the suburbs of Chicago to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal to attend the 2017 Geography in the 21st Century Conference. I made this 2 hour journey across the cold, flat, farm fields of central Illinois, with my friend and fellow #worldgeochat moderator Chris Heffernan. (@cheffernan75 ) Neither of … Continue reading A Conference Win! (Strategies and Resources You Can Use In Your Class Today!)

Integrating History Into Your Geography/Global Studies Class

Whenever I start talking history, for the first time, in my gloal studies course, inevitably a student will raise their hand to ask a question. No, its not can they go to the bathrrom. It ususally goes something like, "Mr. Casey why are we talking about history in a geography/global studies course?" I then explain … Continue reading Integrating History Into Your Geography/Global Studies Class

Getting the Most Out of Photos (A picture is only worth a 1,000 words if students know how to analyze them.)

In our daily lives we are inundated with photos. Whether it be on your Twitter stream or posts on Facebook or Instagram. They are everywhere. We include them all the time in our lessons to help students understand the concepts we are teaching. That being said, do we ever slow down to closely analyze the … Continue reading Getting the Most Out of Photos (A picture is only worth a 1,000 words if students know how to analyze them.)

Some Times A Bad Example Can Be Good For Learning

I wrote this post this summer about how I would be changing up the first 5 minutes of class to focus more on the teaching of specific skills. This mind shift ties really well with this post from National Geographic Education's (@NatGeoEducation) blog post, "The Geography and Literacy Connection" One of those skills that I … Continue reading Some Times A Bad Example Can Be Good For Learning