In my district AP Human Geography is the only AP course offered to freshmen and at my school about 45% of 9th graders take it. I don't want to debate the pros and cons of 9th graders taking an AP course, because it my district it is what it is. Most freshmen taking the course … Continue reading Who Wants to Go to School in the Summer? These Kids!
For the past 12 years I have spent the first week of June with other geography teachers scoring the Advanced Placement Human Geography Exams. While many of my colleagues think I'm crazy to spend a week of my summer scoring tests, I quickly realized the opportunities available to teachers at the AP Reading won't happen … Continue reading The Best Professional Development for AP Teachers
As of 3:40 today I will have wrapped up my 25th year of teaching. Closing out the school year is one of the busiest and probably most stressful times for teachers. I am lucky enough to work with the best group of veteran professional educators, so I turned to them for advice to give new … Continue reading That’s a Wrap!
Our district decided to replace all the network printers in the district over the past two weeks. This doesn't sound like a problem, but none of the printers have worked for TWO WEEKS. Teachers and students were panicking the first few days. How were teachers to print items we needed for class? How were students … Continue reading Mind Shift
This week's #worldgeochat focuses on Student Collaboration. You can preview the chat questions below -- Why is student collaboration important? How do you introduce collaboration to your students? How can we encourage students to work together collaboratively? What are common concerns about group work? How can they be alleviated for students and teachers? How can … Continue reading Student Collaboration
Right now, my students are taking their very first Advanced Placement exam. Every year, I always feel like a mom dropping her kid off at Kindergarten for the first time. So much hard work and tears have gone into getting my students ready for this exam. However, last evening, as I was reflecting on … Continue reading My students are so much more than a test score.
Well, it's here. Testing season. Those weeks in April and May that all teachers dread. Crazy schedules, stressed out kids, different lunch schedules, students pulled from class, lost planning time, anything and everything can happen during these weeks and usually does. While testing schedules and time frames vary from elementary to high school, the stress … Continue reading Surviving Testing Season
I have a confession to make -- I get bored easily. I don't like to do the same thing over and over again. I'm always the one looking for a new restaurant, a new city to explore, a new play or concert to see. I like new experiences. I'm not interested in revisiting somewhere I've … Continue reading What has inspired me this week?
Teaching AP Human Geography to 9th graders is hard and don't let anyone tell you it's not. But it is absolutely NOT impossible. One of the keys to doing it successfully is to prepare your students for everything, including how to take an Advanced Placement Exam from start to finish. Ninth graders have never taken … Continue reading Mock/Practice AP Exam
Tuesday is my favorite day of the week. First of all because it's not Monday :-), but mostly because it is the day I get to chat with my #worldgeochat PLN. The geographers, historians, literature teachers, parents, instructional coaches, non-profit and education institutions that join us each week feed my desire to be better at … Continue reading Tuesday is My Favorite Day of the Week