I'm writing this blog post on a cool, rainy, Chicago, October Saturday night. The setting here is important. Outside in my backyard are my 7th grade son and three of his friends. Despite the periodic rain, wind, and cooler temperatures, they are all sitting around a fire. About an hour ago they began searching for … Continue reading The joys of social studies
We as teachers are always looking for the most interactive, engaging, and exciting classrooms. We have learned to “teach like pirates” and to bring our passions in the classroom. We are inundated with all these amazing technological tools that will help to enhance our subjects. With world geography, our content is constantly changing what with … Continue reading In a World of My Own (And What I’m Doing About It)
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
Join #worldgeochat tonight, October 3 at 9 Eastern/8 Central as we talk about Media Literacy. Media Literacy is perhaps most important content that isn't being addressed enough by any of the contents. But Julie Smith, author of Master the Media can help us with that. If you haven't picked up a copy of her book, I … Continue reading #worldgeochat TONIGHT – Mastering the Media with @julnilsmith
When someone asks me about my junior high social studies classes I can tell them very little. I just turned 40 this year so junior high was quite some time ago. Also, most of my social studies classes consisted of lecture, reading the textbook and answering the questions at the end of the section, or … Continue reading The One Lesson I Remember From Jr High
Sometimes you have that perfect lesson that shows how important geography is.
If you go back and look at what I've written about most for the #worldgeochat blog, it is without question, Taking Action! Taking Action is perhaps the most important piece of any inquiry unit. It's the chance to extend the learning into the real world. It is truly my passion! Want to read up about taking … Continue reading Taking Action in Geography
Books have always been my first love. Since Mrs. Justice's 5th grade class, when we were allowed to check out any book we wanted from the library AND have reading time in class, I was hooked. Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Laura Ingalls were all my friends that year. During high school I devoured historical fiction, … Continue reading How in the World Do You Find Time to Read?
Well, it's that time of year again. It's the beginning of the evaluation conversations with evaluators, administrators, and your colleagues. A time to start looking at the past year and seeing where I went right, and where I can improve. A time to looking at all the successes from the past couple of years but … Continue reading Having a Growth Mindset with Self-Assessment
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