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
For the past 8 years I have spent the first 8 days of June in Cincinnati, Ohio scoring AP Human Geography Exams. Most of my friends and family think I am crazy, but scoring AP Human Geography exams has been one of the highlights of my summer for 12 years (1 year in Clemson, South … Continue reading A Geographer’s Perspective of Cincinnati
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