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Teaching Geography: About this Workshop

Site Leader Notes for Teaching Geography

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These notes are also included in the print guide and in the Programs and Activities of each workshop.


Workshop 1: Introduction

Getting Ready 1
On the Border
Please prepare an appropriate number of index cards, one per participant, prior to meeting. Each card should have printed on one side either Mexico or United States. Evenly divide participants between Mexico and United States and randomly hand them cards as they walk in the door. Once everyone is present, have everyone whose card reads "Mexico" move to one side of the room, and those whose cards read, "United States," move to the other side of the room.

Please keep participants to five to seven minutes of small group work and then facilitate large group discussion for the remaining time.

Workshop 1: Introduction

Going Further 1
Using the Standards
Please keep participants to five minutes of individual writing and facilitate discussion for the remaining time. You will need copies of the National Geography Standards for this activity. You may print them from the activity page.

Workshop 1: Introduction

Getting Ready 2
Lost in Space
Please make sure that each group of three has a set of satellite images. Please help participants keep track of the time. When it appears that all groups have identified the images, feel free to move into discussion.

Workshop 1: Introduction

Going Further 2
Skill Builder
This activity is in two parts and requires participants to work with a partner in the second part. Please make sure that everyone has a partner before beginning the activity. Help participants keep track of the time.

Workshop 2: Latin America

Getting Ready 1
How's Your Mental Map?
Part of this activity involves discussing with partners. Please be sure that everyone has a partner before they engage in the activity and help people keep track of time. The first five minutes of this activity should be done individually and the last 10 minutes should be spent with a partner.

Workshop 2: Latin America

Going Further 1
Migration Inquiry
Please keep participants to five minutes in the first part of this activity.

Workshop 2: Latin America

Getting Ready 2
What Do You Know About Volcanoes?
Please keep participants to 10 minutes in the first part of this activity.

Workshop 2: Latin America

Going Further 2
Adaptive Teaching Strategies
After participants have completed their lists, please facilitate a large group discussion.

Workshop 3: North America

Getting Ready 1
Local Diversity
Please divide participants into groups of three to four for this activity and see that each group has a set of seven maps.

Workshop 3: North America

Going Further 1
Characterizing a Region
Please help participants keep track of time. Please facilitate discussion such that the first seven to eight minutes are spent discussing participants' questions and the last two to three minutes address the lesson-oriented questions below. You can start group discussion as soon as most people have completed their list.

Workshop 3: North America

Getting Ready 2
Urban, Suburban, or Rural?
Part of this activity involves discussion with partners. Please be sure that everyone has a partner before beginning the activity and help participants keep track of time.

Workshop 3: North America

Going Further 2
Investigating Local Growth
Please help participants keep track of time.

Workshop 4: North Africa/Southwest Asia

Getting Ready 1
Land Grab
Please divide participants into two groups for this activity. Keep track of the time as participants move through the different five-minute sections of this activity.

Workshop 4: North Africa/Southwest Asia

Going Further 1
Refugee Reflection
Please instruct participants to work individually for the first five minutes. Please keep track of time and facilitate group discussion for the remaining 10 minutes by moving through participants' answers to each of the questions.

Workshop 4: North Africa/Southwest Asia

Getting Ready 2
Pyramids of the Future
This activity involves analyzing population pyramids. Please make sure that everyone has a copy for this exercise. Begin with five minutes of individual work and then open things up to group discussion for the remaining time.

Workshop 4: North Africa/Southwest Asia

Going Further 2
Making Connections
Discuss the issue in a large group.

Workshop 5: Sub-Saharan Africa

Getting Ready 1
Into Africa
This activity requires two maps, one of colonial possessions in 1930 and the other of the South Africa Black Homelands in 1986. Please make sure that everyone has a copy of both prior to starting the activity. Keep participants to five minutes for the first part of the activity and facilitate discussion for the remaining 10 minutes.

Workshop 5: Sub-Saharan Africa

Going Further 1
Multiple Media - Getting Beyond the Text
This activity is split into three time periods. Please help participants keep track of the time and facilitate the group discussion.

Workshop 5: Sub-Saharan Africa

Getting Ready 2
Rating Health
This activity involves analyzing a map of Africa. Please keep participants to five minutes in the first part of the activity and facilitate group discussion for the last ten minutes.

Workshop 5: Sub-Saharan Africa

Going Further 2
Sensitive Subjects
Please help participants keep track of the time and facilitate group discussion.

Workshop 6: Russia

Getting Ready 1
Why is St. Petersburg There?
Part of this activity involves discussing with partners. Please be sure that everyone has a partner before they engage in the activity and help people keep track of time.

Materials Needed: Physical map of Russia from this site, atlases, or wall map.

Workshop 6: Russia

Going Further 1
Geography and Historical Development
Discuss the questions in a large group.

Workshop 6: Russia

Getting Ready 2
Sources of Conflict
Please keep participants to five minutes in the first part of this activity.

Workshop 6: Russia

Going Further 2
Simulating Conflict and Negotiation
Please read the following quote out loud. During discussion, please help participants keep track of time.

Workshop 7: Europe

Getting Ready 1
A Wall in Your Town
This exercise requires a map of your town. Prior to the workshop, please get a large map of your town (usually available from Chambers of Commerce), and arbitrarily divide the town in half, indicating a wall or border splitting the town with a thick red line. Lay the map out on the table or post on the wall so that everyone can see it. During the activity, keep everyone to five minutes for the first half and moderate the discussion for the remaining 10 minutes.

Workshop 7: Europe

Going Further 1
Berlin Inquiry
Please facilitate group discussion.

Workshop 7: Europe

Getting Ready 2
European Stability
This activity involves analyzing a map of Europe. Discuss the topic as a large group.

Workshop 7: Europe

Going Further 2
Debating Debate
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Discuss the questions as a large group.

Workshop 8: Global Forces/Local Impact

Getting Ready 1
Where Are Your Clothes From?
Please make sure that everyone has a partner. Part of this activity involves using a world map. Please be sure each pair has access to a world map before beginning.

Workshop 8: Global Forces/Local Impact

Going Further 1
Relationships in Your Region
Part of this activity involves working with partners. Please be sure to allow enough time for individuals to create their drafts before breaking into discussion. Be sure to limit the entire activity to 15 minutes.

Workshop 8: Global Forces/Local Impact

Getting Ready 2
Water in Your Community
Part of this activity involves discussion with partners. Please be sure that everyone has a partner before they engage in the activity and help people keep track of time.

Workshop 8: Global Forces/Local Impact

Going Further 2
Your Classroom, Your Community
Part of this activity involves discussion with partners. Please be sure that everyone has a partner before they engage in the activity and help people keep track of time.