As geography teachers, we are aware that we:
1) Need to continually advocate with teachers of other disciplines on how geography is essential and can overlap with different concepts they teach.
2) That geography is a solid platform to show real-world applications of math and science.
3) Geography also provides the opportunity for communicating through the language arts.
In this panel discussion, Heather Moll and Gale Ekiss will discuss and generate ideas on how to engage teachers of the other disciplines in this conversation.
The legacies of social, economic, and environmental injustices related to redlining are mapped through the work of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. New American History explores how our digital scholarship, including Mapping Inequality, Renewing Inequality, and the Social Vulnerability Index helps K16 educators and students visualize complex data using GIS and historical documents to understand how systemic inequities persist in our communities today.
Many scholars refer to the current period in human-environment history as the Anthropocene (the Age of Humans). No place on Earth is unaffected by human influences, and the pace and magnitude of environmental change are accelerating. This reality has both practical and ethical consequences for social studies educators. This session brings together ideas related to the importance of human-environment thinking in geography education and the ethics of what teachers should be doing to better prepare students for college, careers, and civic life in the Anthropocene.
In this session, Karen Guerrero, will investigate effective teacher leadership development strategies, current research, and discoveries, and provide an opportunity to participate in a discussion on teacher leadership and ways to strengthen geography education across disciplines. In addition, voices from the field and freely accessible resources will be shared to address the following content and skills:
Understanding of how geography links to other K-12 subjects.
Development of teacher leadership skills through the integration of curriculum to support language learners for teachers of all disciplines.
How do you use information from personal travel experiences to help connect students to geographic concepts, beyond a typical travel picture slideshow? This session will model methods for incorporating materials collected from personal travel experiences, and also provide information on organizations and fellowships that are available to teachers to help them travel. Through the incorporation of geospatial technologies, photos, and other technologies, teachers can use professional and personal travel to bring meaningful learning experiences back to their own students.
Have you ever considered publishing your geography lesson idea or research project? Ask questions of editors, guest editors, and reviewers of The Geography Teacher and the Journal of Geography to learn more about the publication process for both journals and how you can become a successful author.