In our school, our students start in their advisory class which is called “Connections.” Within this small group, the goal is to build relations, work together to create a sense of belonging, and become more engaged in their local and global communities. I see the same 12 students each and every morning. The personalities range … Continue reading Promoting Kindness
We at #worldgeochat always enjoy when we have guest moderators. As Pete noted in his review post on Wednesday, “it gives us a chance to step back and really dig into the Twitter feed and engage with all the awesomeness that transpires.” Last week, we had @NewsELA join us. This week, we’ve got @NatGeoEducation! To … Continue reading Preview Post – Inquiry Leads to Action with @NatGeoEducation
We all need a quick break from work. You might be staring at a screen for hours reading news articles and checking projects. Or you could possibly be correcting test after test after test. Or you may just be part of an intense conversation that you just need to step away from for a moment. … Continue reading Brain Breaks in the Classroom
We as teachers are always looking for the most interactive, engaging, and exciting classrooms. We have learned to “teach like pirates” and to bring our passions in the classroom. We are inundated with all these amazing technological tools that will help to enhance our subjects. With world geography, our content is constantly changing what with … Continue reading In a World of My Own (And What I’m Doing About It)
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)