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Jones, Mark C. – Geography Teacher, 2016
Educators need to teach the geographic perspective because spatial and environmental thinking are central to understanding how the earth changes. In the more narrow interest of helping students to excel in school, it is impossible to teach students every possible example that they might encounter on an exam. How to teach perspectives and skills is…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Spatial Ability
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
Wertman, John – Geography Teacher, 2016
In this brief article, John Wertman describes the evolution of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, the role the American Association of Geographers (AAG) played over the last decade in getting it passed, and the impact the Act has on funding for K-12 geography education. The legislation, while not perfect, includes promising new…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Associations, Educational Legislation
Schwille, Kathleen – Geography Teacher, 2016
For more than 125 years, National Geographic has explored the planet, unlocking its secrets and sharing them with the world. For almost thirty of those years, National Geographic has been committed to K-12 educators and geographic education through its Network of Alliances. As National Geographic begins a new chapter, they remain committed to the…
Descriptors: Geography, National Organizations, History, Geography Instruction
Bodor, Sarah – Geography Teacher, 2016
Environmental education teaches children and adults how to learn about and investigate their environment and to make intelligent, informed decisions about how they can take care of it. It is taught in traditional classrooms, in communities, and in settings like nature centers, museums, parks, and zoos. Learning about the environment involves many…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Global Education, Educational Practices, Educational Resources
Wysession, Michael E. – Geography Teacher, 2016
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS; Achieve 2014, 532; Figure 1A) represent a new approach to K-12 science education that involves the interweaving of three educational dimensions: Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs), Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs), and Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs). Unlike most preexisting state science standards for…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Academic Standards, Educational Practices
DeMers, Michael N. – Geography Teacher, 2016
Depending on how you determine the starting point for the technology driving geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, it is well over fifty years old now. During the first years of its existence in the early 1960s, the new technology benefited relatively few students who attended the handful of college programs that were actually…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Ability, Curriculum Development
Nagel, Paul – Geography Teacher, 2016
While the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) celebrated its 100th anniversary in August 2014 in Washington, DC, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020 in Washington, DC. The mission of NCSS is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators; NCSS is…
Descriptors: National Organizations, Social Studies, Geography Instruction, Teacher Associations
Wessell, Jonathan E. – Geography Teacher, 2016
Throughout his career teaching geography, Johnathan Wessell has always stressed to his students that they already knew a lot about geography before they entered his classroom. He writes in this article that once he convinces his students of this, they begin to realize that geography is all around them, and that they, in turn, begin to shift their…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Professional Associations, Conferences (Gatherings), Professional Personnel
Webster, Gerald R. – Geography Teacher, 2016
The U.S. Constitution was drafted in Philadelphia from late May to mid-September 1787. The fifty-five delegates to the Constitutional Convention gathered to revise the Articles of Confederation but soon decided to write an entirely new document. These "Framers" were committed to forming a representative democracy, but their largely…
Descriptors: Elections, Constitutional Law, United States History, Governmental Structure
Zaniewski, Kazimierz J.; Simmons, James R. – Geography Teacher, 2016
When the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates head into the general election this fall, they will be courting votes from a statewide electorate that has dramatically shifted over time, mirroring the political polarization that is happening across the country. Over the last three decades, Wisconsin's political geography has evolved…
Descriptors: Elections, Political Campaigns, Voting, Political Issues
Pearson-Merkowitz, Shanna; Lang, Corey – Geography Teacher, 2016
For the past two decades, the presidency and both houses of Congress have been hotly contested by the two major political parties. Yet, geographically, the United States seems to be increasingly marked by "red" areas where the Democratic Party lacks any ability to even dream of winning office and "blue" areas where the…
Descriptors: Voting, Elections, Geographic Regions, Neighborhoods
Conrad, Marika – Geography Teacher, 2016
Teaching about presidential elections at the elementary level can seem a bit daunting at times. Students are quick to share their strong opinions on the current candidates running for office. These opinions often involve repeating feelings and phrases shared by parents around the dinner table the night before. For the average seven- or…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elections, Political Campaigns, Voting
Shelley, Fred M.; Hitt, Ashley M. – Geography Teacher, 2016
Given the nature of the Electoral College system, the two major political parties concentrate on winning the electoral votes of those states in which the preference of voters are divided evenly. Thus, the parties and their candidates ignore states such as Wyoming and Oklahoma, which are reliably Republican, and they ignore states such as…
Descriptors: Presidents, Elections, Voting, Political Campaigns
Knopp, Larry – Geography Teacher, 2016
It is important to remember that elections are but one piece--albeit an important one--of much larger processes of politics and governance. Moreover, in the United States they are increasingly implicated in the construction of identities and places. What goes on in the course of electoral politics (creating electoral systems and voting districts,…
Descriptors: Political Issues, Elections, Geography, Politics
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