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Teaching Geography K-12

A group for K-12 Geography teachers.

Members: 47
Latest Activity: Sep 30, 2012

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mental maps 2 Replies

Started by William P. Morris. Last reply by Marcy Prager Feb 21, 2010.

GIS in your classroom?

Started by Thomas Daccord Apr 20, 2009.

Google Earth 1 Reply

Started by William P. Morris. Last reply by Thomas Daccord Apr 1, 2009.

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Comment by Daniel Raven-Ellison on September 30, 2012 at 12:59pm

Take part in Guerrilla Geography Day!

http://guerrillageographyday.com/take-part/

Comment by Anna Mudd on September 17, 2012 at 2:26pm

Hi all!  I wanted to let you know about a low cost ($15 / registration) educator workshop happening at Harvard.  "Water in Context: Exploring water in the Middle East region through GIS mapping and cross-disciplinary perspectives" will provide k-12 educators from a range of subject areas with an opportunity to learn about the role of water in the Middle East region from the lenses anthropology, remote sensing, GIS, and quantitative analysis.  Hope to see you there!  See more info here http://cmes.hmdc.harvard.edu/node/3254

Comment by Daniel Raven-Ellison on August 29, 2012 at 7:57pm

Our guerrilla geography book on food is currently free to download from Amazon. It includes 159 illustrated activities that cover growing, harvesting, cooking, eating, waste and soil. I hope you like it!?

http://www.amazon.com/Mission-Explore-Food-ebook/dp/B008F9WD7G/ref=...

Comment by Lea Hansen on February 22, 2012 at 4:19pm

Here is a lesson I created on the Arab Spring (I use this in my unit on the Middle East):

http://hansengeorge.blogspot.com/2012/02/protest-in-middle-east-int...

Comment by Thomas Daccord on February 2, 2011 at 9:21pm
Hi folks. I've just added a new maps page at Teaching History with Technology: http://thwt.org/maps.html. It's an introduction to online map tools and includes tutorials and examples.
Comment by Marcy Prager on October 9, 2010 at 1:01pm
I just developed a "continent" unit for the second grade for the Town of Brookline. It is quite comprehensive and includes the literacy reading comprehension skills of Stephanie Harvey. I really wish more elementary people were part of the NCSS. Let me know if I can help any elementary people out there! I am also working on a textbook for teachers how to use writing across the curriculum in a creative way to meet the needs of diverse students. It has pedagogy, student work, and my teacher life experiences behind each entry.
Comment by Daniel Raven-Ellison on October 9, 2010 at 11:03am
Hi,

I am a geography educator based in the UK. A while back I helped to form a group called The Geography Collective with the aim of inspiring kids through geography in new ways. You can read more about this on My Wonderful World here: http://blog.mywonderfulworld.org/2010/09/mission-explore--endangere...

Our main effort is a project called Mission:Explore, which is a collection of challenges that encourage (young) people to explore, see, think and learn in different ways. We have published one children's book with a further two coming out next year. Book 1 has just be published in America so please do track it down and take a look. We would love to know what you think and if you use it.

Comment by Jeff Mummert on June 24, 2010 at 10:04am
Hello All-

I'm interested in a little feedback if you have the time. Some fellow educators and I have developed a proposal that would greatly benefit student motivation and achievement, and would certainly heighten public interest in the plight of Civil War sites and museums. Our proposal and web presences are:

General Project Proposal
http://bit.ly/bt7yJe

ACWAR Project Blog
http://acwarproject.wordpress.com/

Facebook
The Civil War Augmented Reality Project (Page)

Twitter
@ACWAR_Project

Thanks for your time,

Jeff Mummert
Comment by Marcy Prager on February 21, 2010 at 2:39pm
I don't think private schools are under the same pressure. I think private schools will be drawing a lot of good teachers. This is just shameful! I'm glad my children are grown, and I'm glad I am very close to retirement. This is the wave of the present until the circle goes around again, sad to say.
Comment by Barbara S. Williams on February 21, 2010 at 2:29pm
Marcy, I'm upset about it too.. In Sierra Vista we are doing a survey of the changes our teachers are seeing in their classrooms and we're making a cd of the presentation... and the stories are heart breaking. What I fear is the loss of many good teachers ... and the loss of our soul. Sigh. I'm upset too! You can't teach without relationship... and with larger classes, more mandated testing it somehow gets lost. And now with the impossible task of linking teacher pay/retention/evaluation directly to student test scores...... just how do we do that?
 

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