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Mewborne, Michael; Mitchell, Jerry T. – Geography Teacher, 2019
Games have been used as instructional tools throughout history. Educational experiences are more effective when learners are active participants, and when teachers carefully choose fun games with appropriate game mechanics and clear curricular connections, students can engage in rigorous mental processes. At the same time, students may learn a…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Concept Formation
Mitchell, Jerry T.; Hare, Phillip R. – Geography Teacher, 2018
The Advanced Placement┬« Human Geography (AP HG) course has shown tremendous growth since 2001, the first year students took the end-of-course exam. Slightly more than 3,000 students took the exam that year; the number exceeded 163,000 in 2015 (Lanegran and Zeigler 2016) and is expected to grow further still. The College Board describes the course…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Advanced Placement Programs, Human Geography, Geography Instruction
Dawson, Julia; Mitchell, Jerry T. – Geography Teacher, 2017
The objects that represent our material culture--street signs, mascots, symbols etched into stone or printed on stationery--are silent bearers of history: the past tattooed on the present. The meanings given to those objects may change from one social or culture group to another. One seemingly innocent and overlooked example in this vein is the…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Social Influences, Food, Slavery
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Mitchell, Jerry T.; Collins, Larianne; Wise, Susan S.; Caughman, Monti – Geography Teacher, 2012
Though lasting less than 200 years, large-scale rice production in South Carolina and Georgia "probably represented the most significant utilization of the tidewater zone for crop agriculture ever attained in the United States." Rice is a specialty crop where successful cultivation relied heavily upon "adaptation" to nature via…
Descriptors: Human Geography, Geography Instruction, Agricultural Production, United States History