For the past 8 years I have spent the first 8 days of June in Cincinnati, Ohio scoring AP Human Geography Exams. Most of my friends and family think I am crazy, but scoring AP Human Geography exams has been one of the highlights of my summer for 12 years (1 year in Clemson, South … Continue reading A Geographer’s Perspective of Cincinnati
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!
In my district AP Human Geography is the only AP course offered to freshmen and at my school about 45% of 9th graders take it. I don't want to debate the pros and cons of 9th graders taking an AP course, because it my district it is what it is. Most freshmen taking the course … Continue reading Who Wants to Go to School in the Summer? These Kids!
In my last Google Earth post, I focused on many of the the new features that Google has chosen to include in their new online version. Today I’d like to show you how Google wants you to create a MyMap and how you can view them in the online version of Google Earth. This is … Continue reading New Online Google Earth Tutorial: Part III
In #worldgeochat we’ve talked at length about moving away from strict memorization of countries and locations around the world. It is becoming more and more agreed upon that spending all this time on filling out maps for the sole purpose of memorization is not an effective use of class time. I agree with this sentiment … Continue reading Geography Gaming
A previews of #worldgeochat May 23,2017 edition where we chat about Google Earth.
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
Teaching AP Human Geography to 9th graders is hard and don't let anyone tell you it's not. But it is absolutely NOT impossible. One of the keys to doing it successfully is to prepare your students for everything, including how to take an Advanced Placement Exam from start to finish. Ninth graders have never taken … Continue reading Mock/Practice AP Exam
The Boston Marathon is kinda a big deal where I’m from. Each and every year it brings runners together from around the world to tackle the mythic climb of Heartbreak Hill, down into Kenmore Square past fans who went to the early Red Sox game, and then a final push around the corner at Hereford … Continue reading How where I live shapes how I live
We are talking about Discussion Strategies in #worldgeochat this week. Want to brush up on the importance of class discussions? Need some new discussion strategies? Check out the resources below. Rethinking Whole Class Discussions - Edutopia 13 Strategies to Improve Student Classroom Discussions Big List of Classroom Discussion Techniques Successful Socratic Seminars Here are this … Continue reading Discussion Techniques