You know when something feels like a dream and you don’t want to wake up because you’re scared that it might never happened at all? Yeah… that was last night’s #worldgeochat for me and from the looks of it, it was like that for many of the participants who swung by from 9pm-10pm on this … Continue reading #worldgeochat recap Oct 17,2017 National Geographic Education Edition
The #worldgeochat LOVES when we have the opportunity for guest hosts to come by on a Tuesday night and run the show. It gives us a chance to step back and really dig into the Twitter feed and engage with all the awesomeness that transpires. The only problem I have is that I often fall … Continue reading Recap: @Newsela hosts #worldgeochat Oct 10, 2017
It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these review posts for a #worldgeochat but after last night’s amazing conversation I just had to do it. There were forty different participants who joined in the conversation and tweeted out over five hundred times on a slew of different questions brought to us by our amazing … Continue reading #worldgeochat Review: Media Literacy
The start of the school year comes with such a rush of energy that is a floodgate opened after a heavy rain. Ideas that have been percolating for the entire summer are finally able to be put into practice. Student organization charts, seating plans, introductory lessons, engaging flipped or blended learning. The first few weeks … Continue reading The Grind
What is it about maps that draws you in? For so many of us when we look at a map we become captivated by the lines drawn on the page as if they were an alien language ripe with mystery to be deciphered. We peer into their colors, perspectives, regions, and legends and try to … Continue reading What is it about maps?
I guess you’ve heard by now that #worldgeochat is discussing the topic of maps this week. As a geography teacher maps are a cornerstone of instruction. They are the text in which geographers derive meaning and through which they help students understand the greater context of history, current global issues, economics…. well, to be honest … Continue reading #worldgeochat Preview: Maps Sept 12, 2017
I’ve seen so many first and second year teachers falling into the trap of thinking they have to be the best teacher in the world from day one. While an admirable proposition, one of which I was guilty of my first year teaching, it is important to sometimes take a small step back and look … Continue reading Don’t go it alone
This post originally appeared on petespiegel.com in Oct. 2014 When the proverbial $#*t hits the fan. Let’s face it. Lesson planning takes time, effort, attention to detail, and long hours of thinking about all the ways it could blow up in your face. That being said, even the most fastidious, dedicated and detailed oriented educator can … Continue reading The Busted Lesson
When I was a kid (and even now as an adult) I would find myself in predicaments that often had no easy way to extract myself from without a good deal of crow eating. In school that meant that sometimes I would come across a challenge or situation that I didn’t know how to resolve. … Continue reading So… Now what?
I’ve written before about getting students to shift their perspective on Day 1, you can check it out here. The Day 1 activity is a math problem designed to get student thinking about the nature of time and why it is so fleeting. I place a prism in the window and track a rainbow over … Continue reading Day 2: Inspiration and a promise