You went where?!

European Exploration & Making some Food

Classroom Updates

This week we have worked our way through the Age of Exploration and covered a variety of explorers with a primary focus on the increase in trade throughout the world at this time. While most students, and adults, are familiar with Christopher Columbus and some of the big time explorers we tried to get to a less known Chinese explorer, Zheng He, who moved throughout Eastern Asia, through India, and even to Africa prior to most European exploration. Try considering questions such as the following:


  • What was happening with world trade during this time period? Was it increasing or decreasing?
  • What was the Age of European Exploration?
  • What were motivations for European expansion at this time?
  • What is globalization?
  • What are some of the goods/diseases/things that were traded from Europe to North America?


Moving forward, the students have already been assigned a project for this unit focusing on researching an explorer and explaining their motivations for travel, relevant background information, and the opportunity to, for extra credit, make a dish from Europe, North America, or somewhere else prior to exploration. Students may bring in this dish, and other needed supplies, on the day before Thanksgiving break which is a half day. While optional, food is awesome, and, highly encouraged. The directions and scale for this assignment are available through Infinite Campus.

What on Earth does that mean?

Scales, Rubrics, Formative Assessment, what?...

Ever listen to a teacher or student talk to you about modern education and just hear a bunch of random jargon? You aren't alone! Educators seem to love acronyms and modern education has changed dramatically in the past decade to be something very different from what it was when even I graduated high school in 2005. Resources are available online, however, and even in person. Try starting your own or attending a local Parent Camp, which is a free gathering in which teachers, parents, and students can get together to learn and discuss how best to improve modern education. Also, check out the #ParentCamp on Twitter to see Teachers and Parents discussing education. Here is a good overview of how Twitter works and how you can get involved if you'd like to join in, as opposed to just viewing, the conversation.