Why do elementary kids get to have all the fun? Why do they get to color and play and move around during class? Why can't older students have some fun too? Well, they can. I began using learning centers in my high school geography classes many years ago and I will never go back. I … Continue reading Learning Centers for Middle & High School? YES!
This week, #worldgeochat returns from summer break! We are talking about being recharged to tackle a new school year. All teachers know summer is a time to reflect about the school year just finished, rest and relax and then get inspired to take on the next group of students. Worldgeochat (minus Ed) attended the National … Continue reading Are You Recharged and Ready for a New School Year?
Several years ago, I was having lunch with a high school friend who asked if I'd heard of Ted Talks. At that point I hadn't, but I spent the rest of our lunch listening to how it sparked a personal passion in him and the project he was pursuing because of it. We talked about … Continue reading Do You Use Ted Talks In Your Classroom?
As teachers are ramping up the beginning of another school year, I wanted to take a moment to pause, reflect on the summer, and ask a favor of all teachers who are about to submerge themselves in the next 180(or so) schools days. Before you dive in, remember: Remember who you are and what your … Continue reading Sleep. It does a teacher good.
I should have written this post three years ago and titled it “So I started moderating a twitter chat” but that didn’t happen. In case you’ve missed it I should tell you that #worldgeochat is becoming a ‘thing’ on twitter. We just ended our third season of chats and our participation has grown each and … Continue reading Why #worldgeochat is the best chat out on the Twitters!
All too often when I see students (both current and former) out in the real world, whether it’s at a concert, running, or even food shopping they seemed surprised to find out that I do indeed…. Have a life that exists outside of education. I love music. I love watching music at concerts. I love … Continue reading More than just a teacher
Well, it's here. Testing season. Those weeks in April and May that all teachers dread. Crazy schedules, stressed out kids, different lunch schedules, students pulled from class, lost planning time, anything and everything can happen during these weeks and usually does. While testing schedules and time frames vary from elementary to high school, the stress … Continue reading Surviving Testing Season
I've been a patient man. So…. you might have heard that I like @GoogleEarth. I've been waiting for Google to release an online version of Google Earth for some time that I could have students use to create content without having to load it on their personal computers at home, or bog down the computers … Continue reading The New Google Earth
In #worldgeochat I’m more or less known as the guy who LOVES @GoogleEarth (It’s true… I really do love it… in fact I’m not sure there’s a word invented yet to describe how I feel about it…. But I digress). I’ve used Google Earth as a foundation for my instruction since it was introduced in … Continue reading A Google Earth Heresy
It's tough to teach Africa and not focus on the negative, but we need to!