TOP Travel Lessons – #BLOG365 Day 254 #TOPStudyTour @TOPTeachGermany

Two weeks in Germany. Fifteen social studies educators. Two German guides. Four hotels. Three train trips. Countless rides on public transportation of all types. A record of 26,000 steps in one day. And a load of lessons learned. Always take a jacket. I didn't. I had a few sweaters. But, they didn't cut it. The … Continue reading TOP Travel Lessons – #BLOG365 Day 254 #TOPStudyTour @TOPTeachGermany

Museum Monday: Point Alpha – Day 253 #BLOG365 #TOPStudyTour @TopTeachGermany

Two Mondays ago I was at Point Alpha on the Inner German border near Geisa. I knew from the moment I got there I had to blog about the interpretative strategies in the museum. The Point Alpha foundation was established to be a place of commemoration and learning in 2008. For years it was the … Continue reading Museum Monday: Point Alpha – Day 253 #BLOG365 #TOPStudyTour @TopTeachGermany

When All Else Fails…Write – #BLOG365 Day 250 #TOPStudyTour

I tried to sleep on the plane. I read a book. I listened to ASCD BAM Radio Network. I watched my plane fly across the Atlantic on the flight status screen. Nothing satisfied my boredom. When all else fails...write. There is a certain comfort that comes from being lost in your own words, your own … Continue reading When All Else Fails…Write – #BLOG365 Day 250 #TOPStudyTour

Germany Essential Questions – #BLOG365 Day 250 @TOPTeachGermany #TOPStudyTour

Of course this UbD girl is bringing along some essential questions to ponder in Germany. As with any professional development experiences there are a variety of lenses through which I can see my learning. Working in curriculum there are lots of different lenses I can choose. It's easy to get caught up in all the … Continue reading Germany Essential Questions – #BLOG365 Day 250 @TOPTeachGermany #TOPStudyTour

Thoughts While You Wait for Your Airplane to Refuel -#BLOG365 Day 249 @topteachgermany #TOPStudyTour

So, here we sit. Thirty social studies educators, pumped and ready to go for a teacher adventure in Germany with #Topteachgermany. But, Germany is not quite ready for us yet. Our plane weighs more expected. So, here we sit, waiting for additional fuel. We have time to kill, scrolling through movies, Tweeting, checking out Instagram, … Continue reading Thoughts While You Wait for Your Airplane to Refuel -#BLOG365 Day 249 @topteachgermany #TOPStudyTour

I’m Dreaming of Germany – #BLOG365 Day 248 @TopTeachGermany #TOPStudyTour

  Tonight I am dreaming of Germany... The schnitzel and dumplings. The Radlers and wine. I am dreaming of Bavarian butter and┬áspaetzle and German chocolate. After an evening of learning how to order food in German, and ask for your check in German, and buy still water or mineral water, all I can think about … Continue reading I’m Dreaming of Germany – #BLOG365 Day 248 @TopTeachGermany #TOPStudyTour

Creativity Abounds…If Only You Take a Moment to Notice – #BLOG365 Day 247

I would say I am a fairly creative person. One reason I chose to be an educator is because it afforded me the opportunity to be creative every day. I don't mean creative in the artsy sense. I am creative in artsy ways. But, in education creativity can be found as you analyze your students' … Continue reading Creativity Abounds…If Only You Take a Moment to Notice – #BLOG365 Day 247