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Petzen, Barbara – Geography Teacher, 2020
This article is an attempt to create new ways for students to appreciate the complexities and diversity of the Middle East's foodways and thus of their people and societies. It takes a broad view of the region that is historically inclusive, stretching from Morocco and al-Andalus (Spain) in the west to Iran in the east and from modern-day Turkey…
Descriptors: Food, Geographic Regions, Teaching Methods, Geography Instruction
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
Greenleaf, Melissa; Robinson, Michael – Geography Teacher, 2020
The food experience involves much more than physical nourishment but also the practice of acquiring, preparing, and sharing food that defines the foodscape. This lesson will look at the term foodscape and describe its application to Mexican migrants developed in the thesis "Transnational Mexican Foodscapes in Colorado Springs" (Greenleaf…
Descriptors: Food, Geography Instruction, Human Geography, Cultural Influences
Carver, Evan H.; Collins, Sofia – Geography Teacher, 2020
Creativity is a valued trait across many disciplines, including business, education, math, and the arts, and has been positively associated with intelligence, self-esteem, and an increase in behavioral and emotional flexibility. However, creativity has proven difficult to precisely define, as is evidenced by its varying definitions between…
Descriptors: Creativity, Study Abroad, Films, Geography Instruction
Hazen, Helen; Hamann, Hillary – Geography Teacher, 2020
Field study--in the form of field trips, fieldwork, or field courses--is identified as a core element of geographic education and training (Speights-Binet and Gamble 2009). By involving place-based, active, and experiential learning, field study is cited as an example of a High-Impact Educational Practice. Common assessment products used in field…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Verbal Tests, Field Experience Programs, History Instruction
Schnitzler, Carly – Geography Teacher, 2020
This lesson plan positions students as part of a group of four to six, tasked with creating publicly accessible resources that tell the human stories of climate change. Groups are asked to create an ArcGIS Story Map combining natural scientific research on climate change (CO2 emissions, sea level rise, species extinction, etc.) with social…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Story Telling, Maps
Santos de Lacerda, Clara Maria – Geography Teacher, 2020
Models are an important tool for geography teaching, as they can be used to represent features of human and/ or physical systems. In addition, they enable the student to identify with the demonstrated reality, since they work with iconic images and symbols specific to each culture, used to represent the elements contained in the models (da Silva…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Middle School Students, Teaching Methods, Visualization
Rutherford, David J. – Geography Teacher, 2020
World regional geography is one of the most popular and most heavily subscribed geography courses in the United States at both the undergraduate and K-12 levels (Rutherford 2001; Mueller 2003; Bednarz 2004). Yet little consensus exists about the content that the course should include or the approach that should be used to teach it. Debate exists…
Descriptors: World Geography, Geography Instruction, Course Content, Teaching Methods
Briwa, Robert; Wetherholt, William – Geography Teacher, 2020
Map literacy is a key goal of geographic education learning outcomes. Geography classrooms develop map literacy through practicing map skills (Sandford 1986; Hanus and Havelková 2019). One area where map skills pedagogy is deficient is in teaching the analysis and interpretation of maps as inherently political objects, with bias and latent meaning…
Descriptors: Cartography, Introductory Courses, Geography Instruction, Map Skills
Bousu, Mollie – Geography Teacher, 2020
The Minneapolis Green Zone Initiative was created in 2016 with the goal of "improving health and supporting economic development using environmentally conscious efforts in communities that face the cumulative effects of environmental pollution, as well as social, political and economic vulnerability" (Green Zone Initiative 2019). Two…
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Ecology, Pollution, Economic Development
Gilbert, Brianne; Dunsker, Max – Geography Teacher, 2020
While provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 continue to guarantee equal voting rights (Dreiband 2017), a fundamental question remains: To what extent do all voters share an equitable experience at the polls? Anecdotally, not everyone has equal access, yet where do these differences exist spatially, are there trends, and how can…
Descriptors: Voting, Civil Rights Legislation, Federal Legislation, Maps
Mater, Marty; Bloom, Cindy – Geography Teacher, 2020
The World GeoHistoGram (GHG) is a flexible graphic organizer that can be used to support many different instructional strategies and activities. This visual resource offers teachers and students a way to organize knowledge into a geographic and historical framework. More important, the GHG is one of the first instructional products designed to…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Geography Instruction, History Instruction, Visual Aids
Gersmehla, Phil; Gersmehla, Carol; Mater, Marty – Geography Teacher, 2020
The GeoHistoGram is a carefully designed graphic organizer to help solve a common educational problem. Its purpose is to help students organize facts about history and geography in order to remember them better. In this article, the authors will summarize the neuroscience that underlies the design of the GeoHistoGram.
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Visual Aids, Geography Instruction, History Instruction
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
Ratcliffe, Michael R. – Geography Teacher, 2019
"Place" is a central concept in geography. Geographers focus considerable attention on describing and understanding the nature of places and variations from one place to another. The collection of data and the measurement and analysis of the characteristics of a place requires that its boundaries are defined. How and where we draw…
Descriptors: Geographic Regions, Statistical Data, Geography Instruction, Experiential Learning
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