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
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
For some reason this summer was less busy than those in years past. I had more time for myself than ever and I spent a great deal of time on my back porch, with my sweet puppies, reading many, many books. This picture doesn't include those I listened to on Audible -- Or those … Continue reading My Summer Reading Was AWESOME!
As the 2018-19 school year kicks off, every teacher is faced with the same question: what should I do on the first day? Last year I did centers which worked relatively well. The only problem with that is we didn’t have any time as a class to be all together. So, this year, before we … Continue reading The picture book you need for Day 1
It’s August. Everywhere you look on education blogs or edu-Twitter, there are posts about going back to school. I know - I’ve written my fair share of them. Last year I wrote about using centers for the first day of school and this year I wrote about relationships mattering more than content. But as you … Continue reading How will you tell your students about YOU?
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.
I have found in my 11 years of teaching geography that many students are fascinated by Japan, North and South Korea. Whether it be K-pop, which many became familiar with with the hit "Gangnam Style", the subway pushers on Tokyo's subway system, or the tense relationship between North and South Korea, students always want to … Continue reading Tuesday Chat Preview: Japan, North Korea, and South Korea
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
This Tuesday, #worldgeochat returns to one of our favorite topics, the Global Goals. This week we are looking at the goals that lead to a happy, healthy planet. Our questions will be very similar to our chat last month on Goals 1-4 asking about how we teach the goal, and how students can take action … Continue reading #worldgeochat Preview – Happy Healthy Planet
This week #worldgeochat is sharing content, resources and strategies about China. Students are fascinated by the size of China, the One Child Policy and it's place in the global economy. As teachers how do we decide the most important topics to address with our students? How do we sift through the mountains of resources available … Continue reading Chat Preview — All About China