Agree or Disagree? Geography is an important part of the social studies. Geography has a great deal to contribute to the study of science. Geography is an important life skill. More teachers are interested in geography and good geography materials than in the past. Students are learning more, and better, geography now than in the past.
Mission Geography Teaching geography to reach a new standard Exploring the new world of geography education
Geography for Life New definition of geography An integrated study of the physical and human dimensions of the world People, Places, and Environments
Geography for Life Two perspectives: *Spatial *Ecological
Six Essential Elements The World in Spatial Terms Places and Regions Physical Systems Human Systems Environment and Society The Uses of Geography
Innovation: Student Centered What students know AND CAN DO! By the end of 4th grade the student knows and understands: 1. The characteristics and purposes of geographic representations… Therefore the student is able to: show spatial information on geographic representations
Innovation: Environment Physical processes that shape our environment Human processes that influence our environment The interaction between society and the environment
Innovation: Thinking Centered Thinking like a geographer Applying geographic skills and perspectives to solve problems, make decisions, draw conclusions, make generalizations Maps, maps, maps Observing and analyzing the world through rich, detailed images
Innovation: Integrated Skills Emphasis on DOING geography Asking geographic questions Collecting geographic information Organizing geographic information Analyzing geographic information Answering geographic questions
Innovation: History and Geography Knowing geography to understand our world Past Present Future
Classic Geography Locations Innovation: Why things are located where they are and the consequences of location
Classic Geography Map and Globe Skills Innovation Making and interpreting maps Using maps to tell stories and solve problems Using maps and related images produced with new technologies Using maps to enhance reading comprehension
World in Spatial Terms By the end of 4th grade: The characteristics and purposes of geographic representations such as maps, globes, graphs, diagrams, aerial and other photographs and satellite produced images The characteristics and purposes of tools and technologies such as reference works and computer-based geographic information systems How to display spatial information on maps and other geographic representations How to use appropriate geographic tools and technologies
The World in Spatial Terms By the end of 8th grade: The characteristics, functions, and applications of maps, globes, aerial and other photographs, satellite produced images, and models How to make and use maps, globes…to analyze spatial distributions and patterns The relative advantages and disadvantages of using maps, globes, aerial and other photographs, satellite produced images, and models to solve geographic problems
The World in Spatial Terms By the end of 12th grade: How to use maps and other graphic representations to depict geographic problems How to use technologies to represent and interpret Earth’s physical and human systems How to use geographic representations and tools to analyze, explain, and solve geographic problems
Teaching to a new standard In your state? In your school? Implications?