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Teaching Geography

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Using the example of Brazilian favelas, this outlines some best practices for teaching geography in the classroom.

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Teaching Geography

  1. 1. Practical Strategiesfor Teaching Geography
  2. 2. How can competent teachers help students understand a complex interconnected world? Provide geographic information Teach geographic concepts Use data, maps, and geospatial technologyAsk questions which encourage spatial thinking. Geographic Literacy
  3. 3. 1. Give students a prompt
  4. 4. 2. Kids forget…Students need to translate informationQuestions to IDENTIFY, DESCRIBE and EXPLAIN
  5. 5. The City from Above
  6. 6. 3. Make Connections (scaffold new content 1 ) st
  7. 7. Physical Geog: Slopes, Moisture, Vegetation cover
  8. 8. Human Geog: Poverty, Informal Housing
  9. 9. 4. Ask questions/develop activities which encourage spatial thinking
  10. 10. How will these events change the city?
  11. 11. Police Interventions and Demolitions
  12. 12. 5. Make Comparisons Paraisópolis Sao Paulo
  13. 13. BRIC-Poised for the future (Brazil, Russia, India, China)• 5th –Area & Population• 6th-Economy• Rich, diverse resource base• Large labor base• Foreign Investments
  14. 14. Poverty increased by 50% from 1980-2000 Since 2001,disparity dropping
  15. 15. How can competent teachers help students understand a complex interconnected world? Provide geographic information Teach geographic concepts Use data, maps, and geospatial technologyAsk questions which encourage spatial thinking. Geographic Literacy

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