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 In a course in which we study the modern world this can be hopelessly out of date.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?
I was a history major at the University of Illinois. I say this to let you know that when I was hired to teach 7th grade I was less than enthused to teach a block of language arts each day. I was so passionate about teaching world geography yet, I often felt as if … Continue reading Reading: Enriching My Life & My Social Studies Class
Baseball is my gateway drug. I first began using Twitter following the beat writers for my beloved Chicago White Sox as well as the national reporters so that I could get up to date info on my favorite team. After talking with colleagues, I was advised of all the great stuff teachers were sharing on … Continue reading PD On The Go
On Tuesday, April 11th, #worldgeochat will discuss grading practices in the geography classroom. This can be a contentious topic as what goes into a grade and grading practices can vary widely within a school building let alone across the nation and the world. With this chat we hope to discover what practices in regards to … Continue reading Tuesday #worldgeochat topic: Grading
In 2013 Chris Heffernan (@cheffernan75) and I attended the National Council for Social Studies convention in St. Louis. We had decided to divide and conquer by attending different sessions. When we met up at the end of the day he advised that he had attended a great session by Craig Divis called "Mandela's Ipod". Divis … Continue reading Music Lyrics: Engaging Primary Sources