Friday, August 16, 2013


Have you ever been overwhelmed with a job?  The task at hand or the issues or problems seem so insurmountable that you feel like giving up before you start.  ...Has that ever happened to you?

When you think of how expansive the world is, the number of people alive today, the number of people who have ever lived, the places they've lived and the nuances of their cultures - it can be overwhelming.  Where do you begin to study it all?

Today we began by making observations on a paper clip, and then breaking the world into groups of land.  Almost all my students could name one continent - which is good.  If we break social studies into disciplines, and then focus on one area of those disciplines - we can start to tackle the problem of where to begin.

Like any problem - we have to take it a little bit at a time, not all at once.

If you read and discussed the blog today, you can get extra credit if you challenge the person you read it with to a continents and oceans geography game

On a scrap piece of paper, tell me who won.

Have the adult sign it.

Turn it in on Monday.

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