Stepping Back into the School Year

The time has arrived to enter into a new school year. This summer I focused on decompressing from the previous 18 months of pandemic teaching. I found the need to decompress and remove myself from all things associated with teaching was very necessary for my overall well-being. Additionally, the process of decompressing was difficult and unnatural. As an educator, my summers traditionally center on professional learning throughout to improve my abilities. Yet, this summer I found my brain could not handle any form of learning. When I would attempt to do anything related to school, my brain just shut off. This was really telling. 18 months of intense teaching and learning clearly took its toll on my ability to process and engage. My body was literally telling me to stop all that I had traditionally done throughout the summer and focus on rebuilding, restoring, and recalibrating. Continue reading Stepping Back into the School Year

Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Max Garon

Max Garon is a sophomore at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. He won the D.C. GeoBee three times and finished tied for seventh nationally in 2017. He traces his interest in geography to watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup and reading National Geographic books growing up. Edited excerpts of our conversation follow. Q: What was it like competing in the national finals? Max Garon … Continue reading Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Max Garon

Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Shriya Yarlagadda

Shriya Yarlagadda, a high school junior from Grand Blanc, Mich., credits the GeoBee with helping her develop self-confidence and a “more nuanced perspective” on world events. She finished second in the 2015 GeoBee national finals, and more recently appeared on the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament. Edited excerpts of our conversation follow. Q: How has studying geography made you more of a global citizen? Shriya Yarlagadda (SY): … Continue reading Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Shriya Yarlagadda

Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Matthew McDonald

Matthew McDonald is a high school freshman from West Orange, N.J., which he calls “the best town in the whole state.” He won the 2019 New Jersey state GeoBee and is considering a career as a civil engineer or city planner. He spoke with us for our series “Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion.” Edited excerpts of our conversation follow. Q: You qualified for GeoBee … Continue reading Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Matthew McDonald

Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Grace Rembert

Grace Rembert, a high school senior from Bozeman, Mont., qualified three times for the GeoBee national championship and finished fourth overall in 2016. In this installment of “Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion,” she reflects on her experience and offers some tried-and-true study tips. Edited excerpts of our conversation follow. Q: What’s one memorable moment from your time at nationals? Grace Rembert (GR): In my … Continue reading Five Questions With a GeoBee Champion: Grace Rembert