This week’s chat was one of my favorite chats in recent memory. The energy and enthusiasm that participants shared their thoughts and perspectives, in addition to some great resources, was so incredibly balanced during the hour that I found it myself beaming with renewed energy for geography at the end of #worldgeochat. Let’s begin. I … Continue reading #worldgeochat Recap: Nov 7, 2017
This week was saw a slightly more laid back and intimate chat. After drinking from the firehose of resources the week before it was nice to slow down a little bit and engage in longer discussion threads. The #worldgeochat crew decided to tackle questions involving holidays and how they are discussed and taught in the … Continue reading #worldgeochat Recap: October 24, 2017 Halloween edition
It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these review posts for a #worldgeochat but after last night’s amazing conversation I just had to do it. There were forty different participants who joined in the conversation and tweeted out over five hundred times on a slew of different questions brought to us by our amazing … Continue reading #worldgeochat Review: Media Literacy
The start of the school year comes with such a rush of energy that is a floodgate opened after a heavy rain. Ideas that have been percolating for the entire summer are finally able to be put into practice. Student organization charts, seating plans, introductory lessons, engaging flipped or blended learning. The first few weeks … Continue reading The Grind
What is it about maps that draws you in? For so many of us when we look at a map we become captivated by the lines drawn on the page as if they were an alien language ripe with mystery to be deciphered. We peer into their colors, perspectives, regions, and legends and try to … Continue reading What is it about maps?
I’ve seen so many first and second year teachers falling into the trap of thinking they have to be the best teacher in the world from day one. While an admirable proposition, one of which I was guilty of my first year teaching, it is important to sometimes take a small step back and look … Continue reading Don’t go it alone
When I was a kid (and even now as an adult) I would find myself in predicaments that often had no easy way to extract myself from without a good deal of crow eating. In school that meant that sometimes I would come across a challenge or situation that I didn’t know how to resolve. … Continue reading So… Now what?
I’ve written before about getting students to shift their perspective on Day 1, you can check it out here. The Day 1 activity is a math problem designed to get student thinking about the nature of time and why it is so fleeting. I place a prism in the window and track a rainbow over … Continue reading Day 2: Inspiration and a promise
As teachers are ramping up the beginning of another school year, I wanted to take a moment to pause, reflect on the summer, and ask a favor of all teachers who are about to submerge themselves in the next 180(or so) schools days. Before you dive in, remember: Remember who you are and what your … Continue reading Sleep. It does a teacher good.
I am a teacher, why am I here? I am a teacher because I care. I am here because all too often, no one else is. I care about you I care about your future I care about your past I care about how well you slept, or if you slept at all I … Continue reading I am a teacher