After my first year teaching I found that I lacked a sense of cohesion that connected the first unit to the last unit. I am retired military (21+ years) and drawing on that background came to realize that I needed a mission statement with approaches and objectives in the hopes that this will strengthen my teaching for next year.
The mission of the high school world geography class is to impart to its students a natural understanding of one’s place in the world which is essential to good citizenship. By linking scientific factors alongside sociological, psychological and historical reasons, students will understand the complex and unpredictable world in which they live and use that understanding to make independent, informed decisions.
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This blog has been for daily quotes & lasted about 15 months. I enjoyed doing it, but it took a long time to create each one. You can see them here. I verified each quote as accurate and included the source and other information about it. The longer I did it, the more in-depth it became. The blog went silent in October, 2013.
I want to use it now for my PLN. It will be a place to collect & organize educational resources, to reflect or expound upon twitter discussions, and reflect on lesson plans. You can find me there in the following groups: #SSchat (Mon, 7-8pm EST), #edchat (Tues, 7-8pm EST), #TNedchat (Thurs, 8-9pm EST), #nt2t (Sat, 8-9pm EST), #slowedchat, and some others. I also want to create a discussion for military veterans who are now educators at #MilVetTeachers.
I organize the blog by the Library of Congress classification system. I know this comes across as OCD. But really, I’m not. I promise. …mostly. You will find all the categories on the Archives page here.
Read File & PLN links
I use this space to save links that I want to research later. Maybe you will leave your thoughts about the links. You can see them here. These links are not to be confused with links to websites that I consider part of my PLN. You can find that list here. These lists will continually change, as I take links off my read file and blog about it and/or add it to my PLN links or a educational resources page.
In case anyone has read this far, I appreciate it and look forward to interacting with you. If you are on twitter, let me know. Even if you do not follow me, chances are I will follow you.
(“Trusy Lookout” by Jared Eberhardt is licensed under CC BY 2.0)
Amour, Louis. Ride the Dark Trail. New York: Bantam Books, 1986., pg. 53
BACKGROUND IMAGE: “Untitled.” Flickr User, Deni. January 26, 2009. Argentina. Accessed on October 25, 2013. http://bit.ly/1a72o9v
AUTHOR IMAGE: Louis Dearborn L’Amour (March 22, 1908 – June 10, 1988), American author. Accessed on September 18, 2011. http://bit.ly/1a726zi
QUOTE FONT: Ringbearer Medium, http://www.dafont.com/ringbearer.font
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