Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees - Mary Beth Leatherdale & Eleanor Shakespeare 2017 - Annick Press 56 pages 5/5 Gold Stars I don't care what grade level you teach, students love picture books. There is something funny and sweet about 7th graders sitting on the floor listening to their teacher read a picture … Continue reading Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees – Book Review & how to use it in your class
As I did my normal Twitter scroll this morning, I came across a tweet that saddened me. https://twitter.com/JasonReynolds83/status/955792957298434050 I first found Hugh Masekela in 1987 while watching Paul Simon's Graceland concert special on HBO. My mom had the Graceland cassette tape (it would be another 4 years before the Heffernans had a CD player) and I … Continue reading Hugh Masekela & his role in my classroom
As we close out a year it's always a good idea to both look ahead to the new year as well as look back on what was great (or not so great) from the year before. No year is perfect, and no year is a total disaster. Even my worst years of teaching have had … Continue reading 1 change I made to make my classroom awesome
I originally was going to do a holiday themed post about the best gifts a geography teacher could get, but then Kristi Reinke asked the question of how to spend $100 for her class. Here are some ideas that would go perfect in a #worldgeochat classroom. Fantasy Geopolitics - Started by worldgeochat friend, Eric Nelson, … Continue reading If I had $100 for my geography classroom
Because of a previous post on this blog, Stop Making Students Memorize Maps, I've been accused by some of thinking that maps aren't an important tool for students to use. But nothing could be further from the truth. I don't think there is much to gain from memorizing where countries are, but maps are an essential … Continue reading Maps Still Matter in a GPS World
We've just begun our population inquiry and our first supporting question deals with the vocabulary students need to know. We started off defining 10 terms in student friendly language. Then the class chose three countries and completed this chart using the CIA World Factbook to find the data. My class chose Iceland, Netherlands, and every … Continue reading A #worldgeochat Quick Hit – Teaching CER without grading
3 ways to help students understand the story of a place!
I'm writing this blog post on a cool, rainy, Chicago, October Saturday night. The setting here is important. Outside in my backyard are my 7th grade son and three of his friends. Despite the periodic rain, wind, and cooler temperatures, they are all sitting around a fire. About an hour ago they began searching for … Continue reading The joys of social studies
Sometimes you have that perfect lesson that shows how important geography is.
It's a Sunday afternoon. You're driving home from wherever and you see a sign that says, "Open House." You follow the sign to the house. It's a house that looks amazing from the outside, so you decide that you might as well take the 15 minutes and wander through. As you walk in you see … Continue reading Teachers, you are in the sales business