When I started teaching 25 years ago, I was given a textbook, a classroom and told "good luck.” The expectation was that I could figure out everything on my own. I was the only teacher of my subject, my room was at the VERY end of a long hallway, I had just moved 367 miles … Continue reading When Your PLNs Are Amazing, You Become a Better Teacher
This photo sits on my desk in my classroom and I look at it every day. Every. Single. Day. When I look at this group, I remember why it is so important to care about students. Students - not content, not test scores, not tardies, but students as individuals. Individuals with hopes and dreams, problems … Continue reading Why We MUST Care
Books have always been my first love. Since Mrs. Justice's 5th grade class, when we were allowed to check out any book we wanted from the library AND have reading time in class, I was hooked. Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Laura Ingalls were all my friends that year. During high school I devoured historical fiction, … Continue reading How in the World Do You Find Time to Read?
The United States, Mexico and the Caribbean have had more than the usual number of natural disasters lately. Forest fires in Oregon and Washington, an earthquake off the coast of Mexico and hurricanes in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean have all put stress on the people and environments they have impacted. As an educator, how … Continue reading Using Newsela to Teach About Current Events
On Tuesday's #worldgeochat the fabulous Jen Williams (@JenWilliamsEdu) hosted and led us through a great discussion on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You can see the questions and introductory information here. If you haven't investigated these goals established by the United Nations in 2015 as the next step to follow the Millennium Development Goals, … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals
Why do elementary kids get to have all the fun? Why do they get to color and play and move around during class? Why can't older students have some fun too? Well, they can. I began using learning centers in my high school geography classes many years ago and I will never go back. I … Continue reading Learning Centers for Middle & High School? YES!
This week, #worldgeochat returns from summer break! We are talking about being recharged to tackle a new school year. All teachers know summer is a time to reflect about the school year just finished, rest and relax and then get inspired to take on the next group of students. Worldgeochat (minus Ed) attended the National … Continue reading Are You Recharged and Ready for a New School Year?
Several years ago, I was having lunch with a high school friend who asked if I'd heard of Ted Talks. At that point I hadn't, but I spent the rest of our lunch listening to how it sparked a personal passion in him and the project he was pursuing because of it. We talked about … Continue reading Do You Use Ted Talks In Your Classroom?
Yes, we start school early here in Georgia. Students arrived on Thursday, August 3rd and even though it is hot as blazes in August, I really don't mind the early start. After 8 weeks of summer, I'm ready to get back in the classroom. I'm ready to put into use all the ideas I've gleaned … Continue reading What I Learned the First Week of School
The first day of school is soooo exciting! The build up to new teachers, new friends, new classes is the best. Both teachers and students are excited to see what the new year holds -- everyone is in the hallways, catching up on what's been going on since the last class in May. Then the … Continue reading Rethinking the First Day of School