Monday, January 30, 2012

Heart Attackz

Looking for a fun way to engage your students and get them to remember their multiplication and division facts? Well, Heart Attackz is for you!  This fast paced, partner game requires students to know their facts in order to win the game.  They must also take chances to win, but who knows what will happen...they might pull a Heart Attackz card and have to start all over!  Have fun using an educational game to bring fun back into your classroom!

Sunday, January 29, 2012


How do we as teachers encourage dreaming in our classroom?

How do we support this process?  Do we enable it or stifle it?

How do you let your student's voices be heard?

Do you allow them to participate in the decision driving process of rubrics, projects, and activities for your lesson objectives?

Do you meet them with the tools they are use to using or do you try to educate them with the ones you grew up with?

Do you allow them to fail?

All great questions, right?

Well, I'm returning to my blog with a renewed feeling of optimism and direction for Globicate after spending a day with my fellow technology enthusiasts. I walked away yesterday with the thought that our students of today only know "technology"; cell phones, Xbox, laptops, Ipods, computers, etc.  I equate it to how I grew up with radios, Television, cordless phones, and 8 tracks.  My mother and grandmother didn't know any of these things, so they had a hard time relating and couldn't understand how you could learn with them.

I say that we all need to be "Dreamers" like the video above.  We need to dream along with our students, we need to encourage, and push, and guide them, in addition to letting them fail. We should be there to pick them up when they fail, and move forward again. We need to allow ourselves to dream and fail also. It is in this cycle of building our dreams and failing along the way, that the next generation of educated people will lead our world and protect it!

So tomorrow when you walk into your classroom, take a look around, take stock of what you have and make a game plan of how you can encourage "dreaming" in your classroom. Listen to your students, watch them come alive when you ask for their input and encourage the only tools they've ever known to be used in the classroom.  Don't be afraid, if you fail, they are sure to pick you up and help you with your "dreaming" too!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Globicate's Daily G.L.O.W.

Daily G.L.O.W., geography, Japan, Globicate, Heidi Befort
What do you think this a picture of?

Are there any hints as to where it might be located?

What is the structure in the pictures?

At what time of day do you think the picture was taken?

Can you think of a story that might go along with the picture?

(Spoiler...this picture was taken in the eastern hemisphere)
Don't forget to download the Daily G.L.O.W. worksheet to use in your class from my resource page.  You might also find other units or activities to use for free in your classroom. 

(Photo from

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Happy "Chinese" New Year

China, Chinese New Year, lessons, geography, culture, Globicate, Heidi Befort
Did you know that tomorrow is the Chinese New Year?  A celebration know as the "Spring Festival", starts on the first day and ends on the 15th day with the Lantern Festival. Many Chinese families will be celebrating with a reunion dinner tonight or "Eve of the Passing Year". The "Lunar New Year" is another name used for the Chinese New Year which is known as the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar. The celebration is centuries old and is celebrated around the world.

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Red Envelopes or red packets are typically passed out during Chinese New Year celebrations and typically contain money. Even numbered amounts of money are usually included, since odd amounts are given at funerals.  The number "8" is considered lucky, so most often this amount is included in the envelope.

The Chinese calendar contains symbols of animals for each year and rotate in a sequence of 12 different animals which include, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
China, lessons, calendar, geography, Chinese New Year

What a great way to introduce students to other cultures, than to compare and contrast our New Year celebrations with those of the Chinese, or to look at the significance of the Chinese calendar and the association with animals, or for younger students the difference or similarities between money and gifts.  I've included a couple activities for you to look at the history and significance of the Chinese New Year, and how we can help our students understand and relate to others around the world.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Globicate's Daily G.L.O.W.

Do you know what this flag represents?
Daily G.L.O.W., critical thinking, geography, flags, Globicate, Heidi Befort
Is it a country or a state?

Does it belong to an organization?

Why do you think they used read and white in it?

What does the symbol mean?

Can you find some connection between this flag and any other flag that you know of?

What questions do you have about this flag?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Globicate's Daily G.L.O.W.

Daily G.L.O.W., technology, geography, Globicate, Heidi Befort
As I veer off course with this glimpse of the world, what thoughts come to mind?

How do you feel about this picture?

What are the positives and negatives?

How do you see this as an image of our world today?

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Why?

What would your picture of technology and humanity look like if you took it?

What type of education would you need to be able to create or build something like this?

Is this something you'd like to do in the future?

(Photo from "How Stuff Works - Image of the Day)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Globicate's Daily G.L.O.W.

Asia, Bankok, Daily G.L.O.W., geography, Global Education, Globicate, Heidi Befort

Do you know where this structure might be? What water source might surround it?  Why is it built on the water? What clues might help you figure out where it's located?

What continent do you think it's on? What are the lives like of the people who might live here? What type of habitat or biome would this be located in?

Don't forget to use my freebie Daily G.L.O.W. Worksheet to help your students answer the questions!

Smarter Than You Think!

Quotes, character, self-confidence, global education, Globicate, Heidi Befort
“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
~ Christopher Robin to Pooh
As I head back to the classroom today with a new student teacher and a room full of students, this is the message I want them to take away!   

What message will you or did you leave your students thinking about when they came back from winter break?  Share your thoughts in the comment box below!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The World Peace Prayer in 101 Languages

PEACE! What is the real meaning of Peace and how do we teach our students to embrace and proliferate peace? I looked up the definition and came up with several that will resonate in your ears.
the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
( often initial capital letter ) an agreement or treaty between warring or antagonistic nations, groups, etc., to end hostilities and abstain from further fighting or antagonism: the Peace of Ryswick.
a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations: Try to live in peace with your neighbors.
the normal freedom from civil commotion and violence of a community; public order and security: He was arrested for being drunk and disturbing the peace.
cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.

I think we could pick and choose which one would fit our situation at any given time, but the one that echoes teaching is "a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations: Try to live in peace with your neighbors."

How do we teach our students to live in peace? To accept others for who they are, not what they have? To share in our commonalities as an individual or group, rather than where we live or what we do for a living? These are big questions, and I challenge you as a teacher this year to teach your students about peace, world locations, geography, and cultures this. To help them understand and share in the joys and sorrows as people and children around the world, rather than just our own town and communities. Many people throughout history have expounded the virtues of peace, what a wonderful world we would all live in if we embraced each other, learned about others lives, their holidays, and their world. Your teaching can be as simple as using Globicate's Daily G.L.O.W. to start conversations, encourage thinking, and helping students understand the world in which they live.  PEACE!

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