In education there are good years, and there are less good years. For me, this is a year that has been moving in a positive direction, but still wouldn't be listed as a "good year." And that's ok. I'm not complaining about it, I'm dealing with it and focusing on the positives I see daily. … Continue reading “My expectation is…” the cure (at least for today) for my chatty class
Hello #worldgeochat chatters! As we begin 2019, we wanted to let you know about some changes happening. We've been doing #worldgeochat since 2014, which is amazing to think about. I tried to calculate a number of worldgeochats over the past five years, but I honestly can't figure it out. My best guess is that there … Continue reading #worldgeochat 2019 – new beginnings
I'm writing this blog post on a cool, rainy, Chicago, October Saturday night. The setting here is important. Outside in my backyard are my 7th grade son and three of his friends. Despite the periodic rain, wind, and cooler temperatures, they are all sitting around a fire. About an hour ago they began searching for … Continue reading The joys of social studies
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?
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
This week, we are talking about Blended Learning in #worldgeochat! Not familiar with what Blended Learning is? Here are a few resources to check out: What You Need to Know About Blended Learning Seven Keys to Blended Learning Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom - video from Edutopia Here are this week's questions: How … Continue reading Blended Learning – #worldgeochat – 4.4