Well, it's that time of year again. It's the beginning of the evaluation conversations with evaluators, administrators, and your colleagues. A time to start looking at the past year and seeing where I went right, and where I can improve. A time to looking at all the successes from the past couple of years but … Continue reading Having a Growth Mindset with Self-Assessment
I grew up playing video games. I absolutely LOVED playing Crash Bandicoot, Donkey Kong, Mario Kart, Kingdom Hearts and the Sims (the original version!). I loved the worlds, the music, the sounds, the fun! But most of all, I loved the challenges. I was always determined to beat the final level, to accomplish the next … Continue reading Gamification: Geography-Style!
While growing up, I’m sure most of us had heard the phrase “Curiosity killed the cat” at some point in our childhood. Maybe it was a moment for our parents to help us learn that the stove really and truly was hot. Maybe we were that child that always asked “Are we there yet?” Or, … Continue reading Curiosity DIDN’T Kill the Cat
There's room for you And room for him, Room for her And room for them. Room for young Room for old. Room for shy, Room for bold. Room for short And room for tall. Tell me how is there Room for all? Here is the secret To making rooms great: We refuse to ever Make … Continue reading Defining the word “Hate”
Ahh the beginning of school is drawing near. A new group of students will arrive, all unique and full of wonder (even if they don’t want to admit it). They’re eager to know their teachers, their rotation, who is going to be their locker buddy, who is in their classes, and, of course, when is … Continue reading Curiosities, Stations and BREAKOUTS… OH MY!
Teachers have the best job. Work 10 months of the year, then totally bum it for the summer months, right? Wrong! Yes, I’ll admit, I’ve slacked a bit and kicked up my feet in relaxation. Yes, I’ve completely ignored my growing “To Do” list to have a movie night with a giant bowl of popcorn. … Continue reading What I Gained from NCGE (Round 2)
I graduated from UMass Amherst in 2013 with a Master’s in Education, B.A. in History and a minor in Classical Civilizations. I was ready for the workforce. I was ready to change lives with students. I applied EVERYWHERE in Massachusetts (even a couple in southern New Hampshire and Maine). I bought the outfits, went over … Continue reading Bringing My Passion into the Classroom
One of the latest “crazes” out there in education right now (and has been for a while) is gamification. In her article What is Gamification and Why Use It in Teaching?, Macie Hall defines gamification as “the application of typical elements of game playing (rules of play, point scoring, competition with others) to other areas … Continue reading Welcome to the (Semi) Amazing Race
It’s my final Thursday before the school year ends! It’s a very odd and blissful feeling. Here comes summer time, the time where I catch up with family and friends, spend time at the lake, do a little bit of travelling (like heading out to NCGE with the #worldgeochat crew), and binge-watching Netflix shows. I’ve … Continue reading Bring On Summer Reading!
As educators, we are more than curriculum drivers. We are character builders, supporters, shoulders to lean on, authoritative figures, mother and father figures, and so much more. We choose this profession not only to share our passions in our subjects. We also want to help build the future by aiding in the development of strong … Continue reading Building Empathy