Tuesday, January 4, 2011


01.04.11, originally uploaded by colemama.

The GPS units are out of the bag - getting readied for the Geography final exam. Our creative teacher has a fun and challenging project designed for the 9th grade students...the first day of which involves finding clues with the help of waypoints and these bright yellow tools! There's quite a bit of planning for the project, but watching the students' eyes light up as they 'connect all the dots' is a worthwhile reward. Though GPS units have a natural fit with geography, they offer another way to make learning fun in a variety of content areas.

We say it often...the learning environment, instructional methods and general teaching attitudes need to be more action-oriented, more problem-solving in nature, and more collaborative. Talking about it and doing it are often very different. There's no doubt that it is much tougher to put those changes into action, but once you get past that initial discomfort and potential obstacles, the positive spiraling takes effect. Lorenzo Walker campus, Naples, FL


  1. Nice photo and amazing project. I'd love to be in that class. I don't think I've ever done a final exam as fun as this one sounds.

  2. Wow - GPS units in highschool! My how times have changed! Sounds like a great project.

  3. Sounds like fun - and I am sure the students were very engaged.