Graphic Novels & Author Visits – a huge win for my students 

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 

5 Goals for the New School Year

It’s hard to believe that August 28 will start my fourth year as a full-time teacher! The small change this year? I now have “professional status,” which basically means I’m no longer considered a newbie at our school. Wahoo! A lot of sweat and tears (the good and the bad) have gone into my teaching … Continue reading 5 Goals for the New School Year

Dear teachers, the relationships you make are more important than your content.

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.

#worldgeochat Preview – Teaching with Podcasts and Public Radio

If you take a look at #worldgeochat during the week on Twitter, you'll find references to podcast and audio stories from NPR. A resource that I'm aware of, and has been on the "try to use soon" list, that utilizes audio stories is Listenwise, who just happens to be hosting #worldgeochat this week. Check out … Continue reading #worldgeochat Preview – Teaching with Podcasts and Public Radio