It’s August. Everywhere you look on education blogs or edu-Twitter, there are posts about going back to school. I know—I’ve written my fair share of them. Last year, I wrote about using centers for the first day of school and this year I wrote about relationships mattering more than content. But as you read about great ideas for the first day of school and building … Continue reading How will you tell your students about YOU?
Growing up, I spent hours and hours reading. During any given week, I would read three or four different books. Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and Laura Ingalls were my literary companions. I inhaled books, I was the one who read under the covers by flashlight, long after my bedtime. To say reading was my hobby was an understatement: It was my life. My community was … Continue reading Learning History Through the Eyes of Women
As we come to the end of Black History Month, I take off my teacher hat and put on my dad hat. I have three kids who are truly empathetic to the world (though strangely, not to each other). They want to fight injustice anywhere they see it—in bullying, inequalities, or in the environment. My wife and I have tried to help them see that … Continue reading Didn’t address Black History Month? It’s not too late to have an impact!
I was fortunate to attend the National Council for Social Studies convention when it was held in St. Louis with my colleague and fellow #worldgeochat moderator Chris Heffernan (@cheffernan75) . We had decided to divide and conquer by attending different sessions. When we met up at the end of the day, he told me he had attended a great session by Craig Divis called “Mandela’s … Continue reading Music Lyrics: Engaging Primary Sources
Confession: I was a late tech adopter. I didn’t own a computer until I was in college. I couldn’t record on the VCR, and I didn’t have a smartphone until about 2009. As a new teacher, I felt comfortable with PowerPoint and Word, yet I rarely explored any other tech tools. I felt out of my league when it came to tech, and chalked it … Continue reading 10 Free Tech Tools & Websites Every Teacher Should Know About