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Theobald, Rebecca – Geography Teacher, 2021
When a student remembers an educational geography activity involving a map twelve months later, the events count as a step toward spatial understanding. Giant playground and floor maps capture students' attention and inspire teachers to develop new ways to explain geographical features and phenomena. For almost a decade, National Geographic…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Maps, Case Studies, Educational Benefits
Minor, Jesse; McCourt, Matt – Geography Teacher, 2021
Field trips, field courses, and other forms of field-based pedagogy have a long and storied history in geography and are frequently described as essential components of geographic education at the college, secondary, and primary levels. A recent and expanding literature on best practices for field-based geographical education provides instructors…
Descriptors: Role, Assignments, Learner Engagement, Geography Instruction
Chen, X. Mara – Geography Teacher, 2021
Both critical thinking and creative thinking have been essential in building and reshaping human civilization and intellectual landscapes. Teaching aims to educate and train students to become competent, creative, and critical thinkers. An overarching educational goal is that students should be able to collect and analyze data, build knowledge,…
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Earth Science, Science Education
Kerski, Joseph J. – Geography Teacher, 2021
Connecting just four components that compose modern geographic information systems (GIS)--field surveys, dashboards, interactive maps, and story maps--can help foster spatial thinking, critical thinking, and rigorous use of GIS tools and data. The guidelines in this article walk an educator through the creation of a survey in Survey123, mapping…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Spatial Ability, Geographic Information Systems, Critical Thinking
Alberts, Heike C.; Carlin, Laurence – Geography Teacher, 2021
Students in The Honors College at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh are required to take a team-taught first-year seminar in their first semester. The seminar is theme-based and taught by two professors from two different disciplines. The theme of the seminar is food, one teacher is a professor of geography and the other a professor of…
Descriptors: Food, Geography Instruction, Honors Curriculum, Team Teaching
Brazer, Susan E.; de Socio, Mark – Geography Teacher, 2021
This article presents a technique for interweaving information literacy (IL) into a pre-existing assignment of an introductory general education human geography course. The course, titled Geography of Sport, represents a unique opportunity to introduce students to contemporary methods of geographical study and analysis through a range of…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Geography Instruction, Team Sports, Teaching Methods
Wakefield, Julie; Lash, Jeff – Geography Teacher, 2020
The objective of this lesson is for students to explain the basic geographic concepts of "space," "place," and "nature and society" using examples discussed in Alexander Murphy's "Geography: Why It Matters." The lesson is taught over two 50-minute class periods using the jigsaw technique and two strategies…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Formative Evaluation, Cooperative Learning
Pearcy, Mark – Geography Teacher, 2020
Geography, as a social studies discipline, can be a powerful tool for students to explore how their social and political worlds have been built. In this sense, the discipline can be an affirmational, positive inquiry into how humans organize in and around spaces to form communities. It can also, however, be used to explore how discriminatory…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Racial Discrimination, Neighborhoods, Racial Segregation
McNally, Alison – Geography Teacher, 2020
The author, an instructor of lower division general education (G.E.) geography courses, describes how to incorporate high-impact practices into courses that allow for experiential and project-based learning. Often, these experiences can be framed through a service learning component, which provides students an opportunity to partner with the local…
Descriptors: Water Quality, Learner Engagement, Service Learning, Learning Activities
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
Lane, K. Maria D.; Pedrick, Hayley; Mueller, Kristian – Geography Teacher, 2020
The University of New Mexico (UNM) is home to a robust Department of Geography & Environmental Studies (GES). With curricula and research programs that span both environmental studies and geographic information science, the department covers topics of local, regional, hemispheric, and global interest. And yet enrollment is on the decline, as…
Descriptors: Food, Teaching Methods, Geography Instruction, Departments
Waite, Jacqueline L. – Geography Teacher, 2020
"Local foods" are inherently geographical, rooted in space and place. Students can explore local foods from multiple geography angles. This introduction highlights some of these potential angles as applied to ice cream shops in New York State. Teachers are encouraged to adapt this lesson to fit their own needs and appropriate local food…
Descriptors: Food, Teaching Methods, Geography Instruction, Lesson Plans
Dzerefos, Cathy M.; de Sousa, Luiza O. – Geography Teacher, 2020
Place-based learning of a community develops from the collective, experiential learning of many generations and is referred to as Indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) (Stevenson 1996; Ajibade 2003). Africa is rich in indigenous knowledge of edible insects and plants which have bolstered communities in times of food shortage (Hunter et al. 2007).…
Descriptors: Place Based Education, Indigenous Knowledge, Food, Entomology
Harner, John – Geography Teacher, 2020
For educators creating a new course on the geography of food (or perhaps food and agriculture), the options can be overwhelming. The decisions about what topics to cover, which books to assign, and how assignments can be structured might overwhelm all but the most hearty instructors. The topic of food touches on so many other geographic…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Food, Agriculture, Course Content
Kerski, Joseph J. – Geography Teacher, 2020
Teaching and learning about food and agriculture in an effective, engaging manner is enriched through the use of web mapping tools and spatial data. These tools, enabled by the advent of cloud-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, bring problem solving, critical thinking, and spatial analysis to every classroom instructor and…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Food, Agriculture, Geographic Information Systems
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