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Teaching Geography: Teacher Talk

Re: [Channel-talkgeography] Teaching Geography

From: MARY BARCROFT <marybarcroft@wentzville.k12.mo.us>
Date: Mon Sep 10 2007 - 10:54:07 EDT
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We have very poor technology access in our school, but I do my best to expose the students to whatever I can find. I am also planning to use the last three or four weeks of the semester to let them work on an "Amazing Race" project. I am going to put the students in groups and assign each one a region. They will have to come up with almanac and cultural information, and then base a "challenge" on the culture. I would also like to have them bring in a food sample from their area, but that may be difficult. As the students follow the stations, they will have a "passport" graphic organizer that will allow them to record the information. This organizer will serve as their study guide for the final. I am also contemplating having each group submit ten questions about their region, and then use five or eight of them on the test. I found a template for a passport and almanac journal to record this information on line.

Our course is only a semester long, and the curriculum guidelines are very, very broad (basically the five themes) so that gives me some leeway to play with them at the end.

Mary Barcroft
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>>> "Michael Busby" <michael.busby@murraystate.edu> 09/10/07 9:17 AM >>>
Good morning,
I teach entry-level geography at a university and a community college. I
probably experience some of the same issues with my students as you might
with yours. I am happy to hear that world geography is being taught at some
level. Most of my students report never having geography, or perhaps have
some exposure around 8th grade.
I use a couple books to enhance my courses. The first is called, "Teaching
Geography," by Phil Gersmehl. The book is for k-12 but since the vast
majority of my students are geographically illiterate the exercises still
are relevant.
I also use a workbook by Charles A. Stanfield, Jr. entitled, "Building
Geographic Literacy." I have to be careful with this one. While the exercise
provide a decent framework, the statistics used sometimes do not pass my
background check, so I have to either supplement or correct.
I have also found that using Google Earth valuable. With Google's recent
acquisition of Panaramio, thousands of geotagged images are available that
can really help enhance physical geography and culture. If you have access
to a computer, students can cruise the world and examine so many different
places. For what it is worth, many places are also tied to Wikipedia, so
some additional information can be gleaned.
Hope this helps,
Michael Busby, GISP - System Administrator
Mid-America Remote sensing Center (MARC)
206 Lowry Center
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
Phone: 270-809-3370
Fax: 270-809-4417
 <http://constantgeographer.com/> http://constantgeographer.com
 <http://busbyblogman.blogspot.com/> http://busbyblogman.blogspot.com


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