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
We are talking about Discussion Strategies in #worldgeochat this week. Want to brush up on the importance of class discussions? Need some new discussion strategies? Check out the resources below. Rethinking Whole Class Discussions - Edutopia 13 Strategies to Improve Student Classroom Discussions Big List of Classroom Discussion Techniques Successful Socratic Seminars Here are this … Continue reading Discussion Techniques
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to hear Patrick Phillips, author of Blood at The Root, speak locally last week. I did not grow up in the community I now live and teach in and when I moved here 25 years ago, I was told the very basics of its history -- there was … Continue reading The Power of Author Talks
Ahhhhh... Spring Break. Not going to lie, I need this break. It's been a very busy semester and my brain and body need a break before the push to the AP Human Geography Exam, then finals, then graduation. We usually travel somewhere, but this year we are staying put and I'm thrilled. One on one … Continue reading My Spring Break Reading List