Teaching Geography workshop has five major instructional
the geographical perspective - spatial consideration,
including size, scale, relative location, regional similarities,
spatial variation, and human-environmental interaction.
World Regional Geography content - understanding why
and how places with similar characteristics evolve as
distinct cultural and geographical regions; comparing
and contrasting regions.
Human (Thematic) Geography content for the new College
Board Advanced Placement test - investigating urbanization,
rural land use, migration, and other aspects of population,
the spatial nature of politics and land use patterns.
the 18 National Geography Standards, the geographic perspective
and five geographic skills with the geographic content.
seventh- through 12th-grade educators enhance their geography
National Geography Standards
is a standards-based series embracing use of the geography
standards from Geography for Life: The National Geography
Standards (1994). Throughout the series, we'll see how
the Standards can inform lesson plans and provide teachers
with a guide to content and activities. A list of the Standards
is available here.
standards are important for me because it gives me kind
of a framework on which to hang my lessons
what we do in seventh grade geography for our curriculum,
is we're starting in the western hemisphere and moving
east. So, I like to draw a lot of compare and contrast
kinds of things as we go through the year. So the standards
help to kind of outline the themes that I want to hit
and the recurring themes. So, I'll integrate that, and
sometimes I'll even use that as an objective of one
of my lesson plans.
-- Randy Hoover, Dover-Sherborn Middle School, Massachusetts
workshops are inquiry-based. Inquiry is an approach to learning
that involves a process of exploring the natural or material
world, that leads to asking questions and making discoveries
in the search for new understandings. Inquiry, as it relates
to science education, should mirror as closely as possible
the enterprise of doing real science. For more information
on the inquiry approach, visit the Institute for Inquiry
Learning online at www.exploratorium.edu/IFI/.
the inquiry process, students are encouraged to engage in
and develop the following five geographic skills:
of the eight hour-long video programs is broken into two
half-hour programs. Each half-hour includes:
Content: Regional and thematic case study documentaries
with commentary by Regional and Human Thematic Geography
experts. (15 min.)
Commentary to help connect the geography content with
the teaching methodologies. (5 min.)
Documentaries: Practical examples of geography instruction
used to model best practice classroom techniques, showing
how the nation's best teachers teach. (10 min.)
regions covered in the workshop include Latin America, North
America, North Africa/Southwest Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa,
Russia, Europe, and East Asia. More information on specific
places profiled and the issues raised can be found in Workshop