Teaching About Time Zones, Part I

chrisjan20131Quilt by Chris Staver

I am passionate about Authentic Teaching and Authentic Experiences, because I believe that is truly the way we internalize learning.  I  just returned from a marvelous trip to Alaska.  I kept a list of entries I wanted to add to my blog when I returned home.  However, yesterday we traveled for 22 hours through four time zones, arriving home at 4AM.  So in order to publish somewhat coherent blogs, they will have to wait for another day or two!

Having completed hundreds of worksheets on calculating time and time zones as a student (and admittedly giving students hundreds to do as well during my early years as a teacher) I can honestly state that nothing compares to the authentic experience of resetting you watch four times, recalculating your departure and arrival times, and trying to drag yourself out of bed the next day suffering from severe jet lag.  I definitely internalized the “time zone” concept!   Bye for now…gotta go take a nap!

*I promise to publish some authentic ideas for ways to teach time and time zones (without taking your students to Alaska) once my brain fog clears!

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