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Hazen, Helen – Geography Teacher, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, many students are struggling to make sense of it. Geography--straddling the intersection of physical and cultural processes and with its strong interest in patterns across space--sits at a unique point of intersection for understanding the pandemic. Instructors have a responsibility to help students better…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Ecology, Geographic Location
Bosco, Fernando J. – Geography Teacher, 2020
Food is essential to human existence. What we eat and how we eat says who we are. There has long been interest in describing and explaining our connections to food as well as understanding the different ways food shapes our lives. In the last decades, there has been an explosion of interest on food issues. Best-selling books such as "The…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Food, Cultural Influences, Agriculture
Chihab, Laura; Herrmann, Klaus; Schlottmann, Antje; Nöthen, Eva – Geography Teacher, 2020
What is known about places we have not been to before we learn from maps, geographical magazines, or maybe travel reports. Ordinarily, this information is for granted without reflecting on its origin and underlying theoretical premises. Usually, this lack of reflection does not appear as problematic. However, what can can be learned from the fact…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Spatial Ability, Geographic Concepts
Butzow, Dean – Geography Teacher, 2019
The author assigned their students to keep a weekly cloud journal. Each week, for seven weeks, students were required to take a picture of a cloud, identify the location and name, and give the scientific definition of the cloud. The author added a Sense of Place Inventory to each weekly entry. Using the GeoCamp Iceland Field Guide as an example,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Experiential Learning, Student Attitudes, Geographic Location
Flynn, K. Colton; Popp, Jennie – Geography Teacher, 2016
Many educators have suggested that spatial awareness is vital in the foundation of geography curricula, as well as the ability to utilize geospatial technologies (National Research Council 2006; Kerski 2008; Lee and Bednarz 2009; Favier and Van der Schee 2014). The purpose of this research was to identify a low-cost and effective method to improve…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Ability, Experiential Learning
Mazzocca, Ann E.; Finn, John C.; Goetz, Evan; Gibson, Lisa – Geography Teacher, 2015
The first workshop in this series of institutes exploring the legacies of slavery in Virginia sponsored by the Virginia Geographic Alliance took place in Richmond, Virginia, and explored Africanist aesthetic legacies in contemporary culture and performance. In this workshop, the authors were specifically interested in pursuing the intersecting…
Descriptors: Aesthetics, Music Activities, Dance, African American Culture
Finn, John C.; Mazzocca, Ann E.; Goetz, Evan; Gibson, Lisa – Geography Teacher, 2015
In this special section of "The Geography Teacher" the authors report on two Virginia Geographic Alliance-sponsored workshops that they convened during the spring semester of 2014. The central objective of these workshops was to bring pre-service education students in Virginia together with social studies teachers from around the state…
Descriptors: Slavery, Interdisciplinary Approach, Cultural Literacy, Heritage Education
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Yang, Daihu; Wang, Ziying; Wu, Xianliang; Fu, Wenru – Geography Teacher, 2014
Location, where geographic elements interwork spatially and dynamically, has been one of the enduring themes in geographic studies. There are a number of location theories to explain why things are located where they are. Alfred Weber's location theory stresses that the least cost of delivering products is a key factor in location selection, and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Geography Instruction, Geographic Location, Business
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MacLeod, Douglas G. – Geography Teacher, 2014
In this article, a retired long-time geography teacher offers his perspective on what a geography teacher needs to keep in mind when teaching geography. The author notes that geography is a useful school subject because it helps young people make their way in the world by giving them some tools to become lifelong learners. The author encourages…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geography, Intellectual Disciplines, Geographic Concepts
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Painter, Judith – Geography Teacher, 2012
This lesson plan is based on Suzanne Collins's book, "The Hunger Games." Katniss and Gale know about District 12 and the surrounding woods. Additionally, from television coverage, they know that there are twelve districts and the Capitol. District 13 used to exist until the rebellion. But where are these districts now that the geography…
Descriptors: United States History, Fiction, Adolescent Literature, Cartography
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Fitzpatrick, Charlie – Geography Teacher, 2011
Everyone should be able to read, communicate their ideas, and work effectively with everyday numbers and scientific thinking. But many need a closer tie between book learning and the real world, a reason to dig deeper into facts and principles, the opportunity to relate subjects to what they know. Kids are natural explorers and integrators. The…
Descriptors: Geographic Information Systems, Geography Instruction, Geography, Maps
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Andersen, Doug – Geography Teacher, 2011
Many geography and technology educators have been attracted to geospatial technologies because of the potential to help students develop and demonstrate spatial and higher order thinking skills, only to be frustrated with implementation at the school level. Even when teachers have overcome the technical hurdles of hardware, software, and data,…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Active Learning, Service Learning, Educational Technology
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Geography Teacher, 2009
"The Geography Teacher" provides hands-on reference and educative material for K-12 Geography teachers. The journal also pioneers innovative ideas for contemporary teaching methods, including lesson plans. This issue contains the following: (1) Census in Schools Program (; (2) Ask Dr. de Blij (Dr. Harm de Blij); (3) Eritrea:…
Descriptors: Geography, Foreign Countries, Book Reviews, Climate