In education there are good years, and there are less good years. For me, this is a year that has been moving in a positive direction, but still wouldn't be listed as a "good year." And that's ok. I'm not complaining about it, I'm dealing with it and focusing on the positives I see daily. … Continue reading “My expectation is…” the cure (at least for today) for my chatty class
Hello #worldgeochat chatters! As we begin 2019, we wanted to let you know about some changes happening. We've been doing #worldgeochat since 2014, which is amazing to think about. I tried to calculate a number of worldgeochats over the past five years, but I honestly can't figure it out. My best guess is that there … Continue reading #worldgeochat 2019 – new beginnings
This past week, @NatGeoEducation hosted #worldgeochat with the topic, "Learning from Failure." There were so many great examples shared of projects gone wrong and how we persevere and get past initial failures. The conversation continued long after #worldgeochat ended, and a Tweet really resonated with me. https://twitter.com/MrKoz31/status/1057777158578454528 We need to get past the EduTwitter … Continue reading Sorry #EduTwitter, we need to acknowledge failure
Tonight, long time #worldgeochat friend, James Caudill, leads us through how we can use comics in geography. If you are like me, and know very little about this topic, here are a couple of resources to help you out! How bringing comics into the classroom made me love teaching again - from Tim Smyth via … Continue reading #worldgeochat Preview – Using Comics in Geography
I must start off by saying, I’m not a graphic novel reader. In the past year I’ve read (or listened to) close to 60 books, and only two have been graphic novels. It’s not that I don’t find them useful, they just aren’t my thing. One of the graphic novels I read was Illegal by … Continue reading Graphic Novels & Author Visits – a huge win for my students
As the 2018-19 school year kicks off, every teacher is faced with the same question: what should I do on the first day? Last year I did centers which worked relatively well. The only problem with that is we didn’t have any time as a class to be all together. So, this year, before we … Continue reading The picture book you need for Day 1
It’s August. Everywhere you look on education blogs or edu-Twitter, there are posts about going back to school. I know - I’ve written my fair share of them. Last year I wrote about using centers for the first day of school and this year I wrote about relationships mattering more than content. But as you … Continue reading How will you tell your students about YOU?
I love social studies. All the contents in it. It’s my passion, it’s what I teach, and it’s why I moderate a Twitter chat. And social studies is important. It helps us understand our past, our civic responsibilities, and our place in the world. While social studies doesn’t get the respect of math and language … Continue reading Dear teachers, the relationships you make are more important than your content.
It all started innocently enough. As our family prepared to leave Union Station in Chicago for our trainventure to Washington D.C., I showed Innis, my 7 year old son, a map that shows Amtrak's routes across the United States. I pointed out that so many of the routes pass through Chicago. I talked about Stephen Douglas … Continue reading I’ve created a Map Monster
This is not my normal post. It's not about why geography or social studies in general are important. It's about how EVERY class is important. We live in a time where data drives everything. We evaluate the success of schools based on test scores in reading and math (and sometimes, though rarely, science). Of course those subjects … Continue reading Every Class Matters