Where do you get your news?

This week’s #worldgeochat was on Analyzing Perspectives in News Sources, hosted by NewseumEd. Question 1 seemed a simple one: Q1: What sources do you personally use for keeping up with international news? #worldgeochat — NewseumED (@NewseumED) February 22, 2017 However, the answers were overwhelming. As a result, here is a list of every news source […]

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#shareaclassroompic – Part 2

Last Thursday, I posted about #shareaclassroompic, and 4 days later, I’m amazed at what we’ve seen. We’ve had teachers from Africa, the Middle East, East Asia, and North America share their classrooms, and the similarities are fascinating! Despite different languages, religions, and culture, learning occurs in a similar environment around the world. One of my […]

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#shareaclassroompic

Many people are familiar with Peter Menzel’s Material World and Hungry Planet photo collections. Students (and adults) are fascinated to see what homes, furniture, and food look like in other parts of the world.

A few weeks ago, the idea of seeing what classrooms look like around the world came up in #worldgeochat. I quickly forgot about it until a student said today, “It would be so cool to MysterySkype with a class in another country so we can see what their classroom looks like.”

So, let’s make this happen. Wherever you are in the world, take a picture of your classroom. It can be with or without students (or maybe you want to share both). Tweet the picture out with the name of the school, your city/town/village, and country. Include the hashtag #shareaclassroompic.

Spread the word – tweet, retweet, then retweet some more so that teachers around the world can share their classroom, and students can see that while there are some differences, there are a lot of things that bring us together!

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How Taking Action Heals

Full disclosure from the start… I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. To be completely honest, I lean to the liberal side of the spectrum and probably wouldn’t have voted for any Republican candidate in the Presidential election. What has horrified me in the days after the election is the behavior of Americans on both sides […]

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The Wisdom of Children

Ever since Common Core was rolled out earlier this decade, I have heard students, parents, and teachers complain about it. Most of the time, these people don’t really know what they are complaining about. My favorite question to ask is, “have you actually read the standards,” which is met with faces that look both confused […]

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A complaint on complaining

My first flirtations with leadership came when I was 26. I was named Team Leader and had visions of a community of learners that would be unlike anything seen before. I was lucky to work with teammates who had vision, drive, and the desire to try new things. My years with that team were amazing. But […]

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