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
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!
I’ve written before about getting students to shift their perspective on Day 1, you can check it out here. The Day 1 activity is a math problem designed to get student thinking about the nature of time and why it is so fleeting. I place a prism in the window and track a rainbow over … Continue reading Day 2: Inspiration and a promise
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!
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.
At this point in the school year there are so many things that have either gone wrong or are in the process of going wrong. Classes are often disrupted by assemblies, units are disrupted by testing, and spring fever is in the air as students and teachers alike gaze out the window at the warm, blue … Continue reading It’s not all bad
Pete recounts his experience leaving the profession and explains why.
Okay, okay. You're probably going to think, "There she goes! Always talking about Mystery Skype..." But guys. It's wicked important! Skype has practically been my best friend since Spring 2011. I studied abroad in Rome during my junior year of college, and it was the first time I truly had ever been away from home. … Continue reading Mystery Skype