As educators, we are more than curriculum drivers. We are character builders, supporters, shoulders to lean on, authoritative figures, mother and father figures, and so much more. We choose this profession not only to share our passions in our subjects. We also want to help build the future by aiding in the development of strong … Continue reading Building Empathy
On Tuesday night #worldgeochat held the 1st of our 4 part series of Tuesday night chats in June about the amazing book Play Like A Pirate. In Quinn Rollins' book he introduces countless strategies to make learning come alive by brining in the fun. Whether it be action figures, super heroes, Legos, or comic books … Continue reading Geography is Fun!
The last worldgeochat of the year was about reflecting on the year that had gone by. So many great ideas were shared. So many things to be proud of. So much of what Twitter is all about - getting validated for the things we've done. But what is the purpose of reflecting? I know very … Continue reading Reflecting and Retooling
Thinking back to my first year teaching, I wouldn’t have made it to my second if I didn’t reflect on what I was doing to improve my practices. My end-of-year reflection started without much organization – random conversations and informal goals based on memory. But it took form when my principal asked me what one … Continue reading Improving Teaching and Learning Through Reflection
This is the first worldgeochat post by a guest blogger! Andrew Swan (@flipping_A_tchr) has been flipping his classroom for the past few years. He is one of the moderators for #sschat (Mondays at 7 Eastern) and has been a frequent friend to worldgeochat! Read more at Andrew's blog Flipping Awesome Teaching! I have been drafting … Continue reading DO NOT FLIP YOUR CLASSROOM (unless…)
2 Years (Almost) Down, Many to Go (Thursday, June 1) I often hear that the first year of teaching is the hardest year. New policies, getting used to actually having your own classroom, and the students! I’ll agree that last year (my first day) was no picnic at the beginning. I was hired the day … Continue reading 2 Years (Almost) Down, Many To Go
Last week I talked about a few tips to get you started using the new online version of Google Earth. If you’d like to review those talking points you can check the post out here. Today I’d like to focus on a few more aspects of the new Google Earth that will improve your experience … Continue reading New Online Google Earth tutorial: Part II
I need to find a better way to keep in contact with all the #worldgeochat'rs. We have a direct message group on Twitter, but that only allows 50 of us to collaborate. Only 50! Last week a discussion popped up in that group about doing a Summer Read for worldgeochat. Ideas were floated and shared … Continue reading Worldgeochat + Play Like a Pirate = #WGCreads
One of the aspects that I like most about teaching world geography is that we study the world as it is today. That doesn't preclude history, as I often tell my students we often have to look to the past to understand the current situation, yet the bulk of our time is focused on current … Continue reading Breaking News: Current Events Lesson Ideas
I've blogged before about how NCSS13 impacted my life. I saw Dave Burgess, found a great lesson on using music to teach Apartheid that @ecasey77 and I still use (Ed blogged about it here), learned about global education from Teachers for Global Classrooms, and learned about H2O for Life for Schools (@h2oschools). Looking at this … Continue reading What do you get from a Walk for Water?