I’m thankful for #worldgeochat

This is a different kind of post. No strategy. No plea to change your thinking, No preview of an upcoming topic. With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I'm thankful for what this community provides. I'm thankful that I've been friends with Ed in real life and that he got me on Twitter. I'm thankful … Continue reading I’m thankful for #worldgeochat

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A Conference Win! (Strategies and Resources You Can Use In Your Class Today!)

This past Saturday I made the trek from the suburbs of Chicago to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal to attend the 2017 Geography in the 21st Century Conference. I made this 2 hour journey across the cold, flat, farm fields of central Illinois, with my friend and fellow #worldgeochat moderator Chris Heffernan. (@cheffernan75 ) Neither of … Continue reading A Conference Win! (Strategies and Resources You Can Use In Your Class Today!)

A #worldgeochat Quick Hit – Teaching CER without grading

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

#worldgeochat Preview – Teaching World Religions – November 14

One of the topics that geography teachers struggle most with is addressing religions in their classroom. Some teachers avoid the topic all together, others approach it with the sterility of a forensic scientist. Because geography includes both physical AND human components, it is so important that we address one of the most important aspects of … Continue reading #worldgeochat Preview – Teaching World Religions – November 14

Integrating History Into Your Geography/Global Studies Class

Whenever I start talking history, for the first time, in my gloal studies course, inevitably a student will raise their hand to ask a question. No, its not can they go to the bathrrom. It ususally goes something like, "Mr. Casey why are we talking about history in a geography/global studies course?" I then explain … Continue reading Integrating History Into Your Geography/Global Studies Class

Getting the Most Out of Photos (A picture is only worth a 1,000 words if students know how to analyze them.)

In our daily lives we are inundated with photos. Whether it be on your Twitter stream or posts on Facebook or Instagram. They are everywhere. We include them all the time in our lessons to help students understand the concepts we are teaching. That being said, do we ever slow down to closely analyze the … Continue reading Getting the Most Out of Photos (A picture is only worth a 1,000 words if students know how to analyze them.)

Three Ways Google Mapping Can Help You in the Classroom

I was fortunate to write about a mapping platform that I love. Here is my NatGeoEdu blog post on Google Earth, Google MyMaps, and Google Earth Voyager (online edition)

Nat Geo Education Blog

I’ve been a huge advocate for the use of online digital mapping the classroom ever since Google Earth was released as a desktop version back in 2006. Since then, Google has made sincere efforts to improve the quality and ease of their mapping, so that now I can say with confidence that you do not need to be a Google Earth Guru to use it in the classroom with students.

There are three ways that you can build your confidence and expertise that progress…

The New Google Earth Online version

https://earth.google.com/web/

Launched earlier this year, the new online version of Google Earth is the perfect place to start exploring our world. Students will be immediately drawn in by the beauty and ease of interacting with the platform. Teachers will feel at ease because there has already been substantial work put into developing lessons and explorations that align with standards and…

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Some Times A Bad Example Can Be Good For Learning

I wrote this post this summer about how I would be changing up the first 5 minutes of class to focus more on the teaching of specific skills. This mind shift ties really well with this post from National Geographic Education's (@NatGeoEducation) blog post, "The Geography and Literacy Connection" One of those skills that I … Continue reading Some Times A Bad Example Can Be Good For Learning