Field trips are part of the whole school experience. You get excited to pack up that bag lunch, maybe not bring your backpack to school (too cool for that!), and be the kid that brings the huge bag of goldfish or Sour Patch Kids to share with the entire bus. I personally believe that field … Continue reading Let’s Go Exploring!
Summer is 23 school days away (who's counting?). 23 school days left to make deeper connections, enjoy student talents, create memories, and make an impact on my current students. So much can happen in the next 23 school days, and I am taking it all in stride. But with 23 school days left, I'm beginning … Continue reading Those Summer Nights
Tomorrow, May 12, is Mental Health Awareness Day. In correlation with our school’s focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL), we are honoring this ½ day of school by having students attend workshops led by us teachers to help them learn new ways to cope with stress, anxiety, and growth mindset. I’m leading chair yoga with … Continue reading Battling an Internal Storm
With the technology that is available nowadays, the world is truly at our fingertips. Thanks to social media and video conferencing, I can stay in touch with my friends in Thailand, chat and organize with the fellow #worldgeochat moderators, and have conversations with friends and family from all over the world. This week on Tuesday … Continue reading #worldgeochat Preview – Connecting Students Globally
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! First off, May the Fourth be with you all! The “fourth,” strength and inspiration has been with me all week with Teacher Appreciation Week, and what a week it’s been. For our school, we are 33 school days away from the last day of school. With 33 school days left, we … Continue reading Teacher Appreciation Week
I struggle with parting from our textbook, Geography, Alive! It offers a wide variety of global issues (such as overpopulation, land conflict, and life at various elevations) and is easily broken down to highlight main ideas of the topics. There are wonderful maps, charts, images and stories that help to emphasize the topics. Part of … Continue reading Ditching that Textbook?
Thanks to the power of social media, the strong community of #worldgeochat, and the (sometimes) beauty of professional development, this year I've been exposed to a variety of new, engaging and fascinating ways of helping students reach content and apply skills and knowledge. Being in social studies (a class that's not assessed through standardized testing) … Continue reading Truly Playing Like a PIRATE
Okay, okay. You're probably going to think, "There she goes! Always talking about Mystery Skype..." But guys. It's wicked important! Skype has practically been my best friend since Spring 2011. I studied abroad in Rome during my junior year of college, and it was the first time I truly had ever been away from home. … Continue reading Mystery Skype