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
If your calendar is like the one on the wall at my home, in November it has Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. I don't have a bad thing to say about either of those days, they are both well worth us celebrating. But your calendar probably left Sunday, November 19 blank. I'll wait right here while … Continue reading How will you celebrate #WorldToiletDay?
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
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.)
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)
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
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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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
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
This post is a little different than most of my posts, but I beg you to stick with me on this one. With Halloween around the corner, adults and children across the country go through the same panic - what will I be for Halloween? For children, it is easy. There are standbys that have … Continue reading A #worldgeochat Halloween Reminder
When I started teaching 25 years ago, I was given a textbook, a classroom and told "good luck.” The expectation was that I could figure out everything on my own. I was the only teacher of my subject, my room was at the VERY end of a long hallway, I had just moved 367 miles … Continue reading When Your PLNs Are Amazing, You Become a Better Teacher
In our school, our students start in their advisory class which is called “Connections.” Within this small group, the goal is to build relations, work together to create a sense of belonging, and become more engaged in their local and global communities. I see the same 12 students each and every morning. The personalities range … Continue reading Promoting Kindness