Geography Class without a Globe? WGU Helps New Teacher Stock Her Classroom

Kristen Gilley just finished up her first year teaching seventh-grade geography at South Decatur Junior/Senior High School in Greensburg, Indiana—and as much as she loved it, she felt something was missing.

Due to tight budgets, Kristen taught a full year of geography without a globe in her classroom.

As one of 10 grand-prize winners in the WGU Loves Teachers sweepstakes, Kristen will receive a $300 gift card that she hopes to use to remedy that.

“I hope to use this great tool to teach students more about global changes,” she says. “A globe will help students to visualize how far other places really are from us and how some countries are more connected than it may appear on a flat wall map.”

She plans to use any money left over to buy various classroom supplies that some of her students are unable to afford—basic necessities like highlighters and colored pens, which she teaches her students to use to make annotations on articles they read as part of her focus on social studies literacy.

Through the WGU Loves Teachers sweepstakes, WGU and Scholastic are awarding 10 $300 grand prizes and 100 $25 first prizes to thank teachers for their hard work and help them build up their classroom libraries and supplies.

Congratulations, Kristen! Stay tuned to The Night Owl Blog for stories of more winners in the future.

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