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Phil Gersmehl – Geography Teacher, 2024
The focus in this article is on the usefulness of spatial sequencing as a tactic for interpreting a map and organizing our memory of it. This skill is useful whenever some condition varies in a systematic way with distance. When students are asked whether they see a pattern on a map of a topic like wildfires or terrorist activity, some students…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geography, Maps, Map Skills
Adams, Erin C.; Varga, Bretton A. – Geography Teacher, 2023
Minerals and metals are part of everyday existence, including in the air people breathe. They are either in, or have a hand in creating, nearly all of consumer products. As essential as they are, minerals and metals are too often unseen, unappreciated, and unnoticed. In the teaching of preservice primary and secondary teachers as well as high…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Inquiry, Mining, Metallurgy
Solem, Michael – Geography Teacher, 2022
When the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) program releases its reports on student achievement in various subjects, the data are added to the NAEP Data Explorer (NDE) website. The NDE has been shown to support reflective educational practices in the social studies. Working with assessment data can stimulate ideas for how teachers…
Descriptors: Geography, Academic Achievement, National Competency Tests, Social Studies
Rees, Amanda; Harwood, Marlena; Praley, Maggie; Wee, Bryan; Duster, Thomas – Geography Teacher, 2022
Space is the product of spatial and social relations (Massey 2005). Educators are constantly moving in and out of physical or virtual spaces in classrooms. In geography education particularly, space is integral to teaching and learning. For example, students situate spatial knowledge within social contexts to make sense of geographical concepts…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Geography, Electronic Learning
Moorman, Lynn; Cerney, Dawna; Gielstra, Dianna; Foster, Ellen; Villa Cerveny, Niccole – Geography Teacher, 2021
GeoCamp Iceland is a local program designed in Iceland to provide "field-based educational experiences dedicated to increasing knowledge through practical and active learning" in subjects related to earth science and renewable energy (Morrill and Waite 2019). Since 2015, NCGE has partnered with GeoCamp Iceland to offer an in-service,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Experiential Learning, Earth Science, Energy Conservation
Castagneri, Jim – Geography Teacher, 2019
In addition to providing a framework for publishing a wide variety of demographic and economic data, geography also plays a critical role in the management of census field operations. Before the innovation of geographic information systems, the process of defining and mapping sub-county enumeration areas was entirely dependent on paper maps…
Descriptors: Maps, Cartography, Computer Use, Census Figures
Vasquez, Gerson; Dolan, Ryan – Geography Teacher, 2019
Geography is central to the work of the Census Bureau, providing the framework for survey design, sample selection, data collection, tabulation, and dissemination. Geography provides meaning and context to statistical data. To gain a better understanding of population changes within geographic areas, the lesson presented in this article will focus…
Descriptors: Public Agencies, Geography, Census Figures, Population Trends
Ratcliffe, Michael R. – Geography Teacher, 2019
Geography provides context to the information collected, tabulated, and disseminated by the Census Bureau, whether data for the United States as a whole, a state, a congressional district, a county or city, or a census tract (roughly the size of a neighborhood). Geographers perform the activities necessary to update and maintain the geographic…
Descriptors: Census Figures, Public Agencies, Geography, Federal Government
Chu, Gregory H.; Hwang, Chul Sue; Choi, Jongnam – Geography Teacher, 2019
The aim of this article is to provide basic geographic background to assist readers in understanding the geography of North Korea. Although few U.S. geographers have traveled to this country, limited information about North Korea can be constructed and compiled. Sources include interviews of South Korean geographers, all volumes of The National…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geography, Modern History, Asian History
Morrill, Robert W.; Waite, Jacqueline L. – Geography Teacher, 2019
The National Council for Geographic Education GeoCamp Iceland is a unique field experience designed to energize, inspire, and edify experienced and novice geography teachers. The 2015 institute (nineteen participants from fourteen states) was designed for K-12 educators and in 2017 (twenty-one participants from eighteen states and Washington, DC)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geography, Field Experience Programs, Experiential Learning
Larsen, Thomas B.; Millsaps, Lisa; Harrington, John A., Jr.; Lefferd, Rhonda – Geography Teacher, 2018
Teachers play a vital role in advancing LP research in geography, regardless of whether they teach geography on its own or integrate geography into other subjects (e.g., social studies, science, language arts). The goal of this work is to inform geography educators about LPs and how teachers factor into this endeavor. This article is intended to…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Elementary Secondary Education
Egiebor, Esohe E.; Foster, Ellen J. – Geography Teacher, 2018
This lesson describes a geohistorical unit in which the students demonstrate their understanding of significant events in American history. The purpose of the lesson is for students to understand that the rapid population growth of the United States was made possible by the removal of Native Americans. In the first part of the lesson, students use…
Descriptors: Geography, United States History, American Indian History, Maps
Tokosh, Joe – Geography Teacher, 2017
Teaching approaches in economic geography traditionally cover the effects of deindustrialization on the landscape but offer less insight into the development of services as a prominent sector, because of the longer histories of manufacturing and industrial economies (Moore and Hunt 2016). Incorporating services into economic geography curricula…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Lesson Plans, Class Activities
Kerski, Joseph J. – Geography Teacher, 2017
Teaching about economics and business has a long tradition in geography. Planning the optimal site for a business or service in a community; examining the demographics and behavior of a certain target market; studying supply chain management to build a specific product such as a mobile phone or a piece of furniture; and examining median income by…
Descriptors: Economics Education, Geography, Business, Geographic Information Systems
Mater, Marty – Geography Teacher, 2017
A Family Geography Night (FGN) kit can be used to bring families together, teach about the world, give parents the opportunity to share their beliefs, and participate in the educational system while having fun! Geography is an essential element of twenty-first-century education. More than just maps, geography is the interaction of cultures,…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Geography Instruction, Geography, Family Programs
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