Sometimes you have that perfect lesson that shows how important geography is.
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?
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!
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?
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.