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Illustrated Textbook: Formal Regions

June 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

This page covers the topic of formal regions and begins to tackle functional (nodal) ones. Other terms included are Node, Network, and Manuel Castells. Click to [...]

NEWS via Marketplace: Small-scale manufacturing is on the rise in American cities

June 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Time: 3 min. 36 sec. Have students listen to a contemporary example of how one Rust-Belt city is making it’s comeback (Duluth, Minn.) This would be a great story to have students listen to for homework that would strengthen your lecture on the Rust Belt, Deindustrialization, Redevelopment, Urban Renewal/Revival, Craft Cities, and in general-Development. “Three decades ago, Duluth, Minnesota, was in the doldrums. A steel mill had just closed. Unemployment was more than 20 percent. Someone posted a billboard on the way out of town that read: “Last one out, turn out the lights.” “We were as Rust Belt as they come,” recalled Andy Goldfine, who in 1984 rented an old three-story brick building, bought a bunch of used sewing machines and started a company called Aerostich. His vision was to make motorcycle gear for hard-core riders to wear over their work clothes…..” Full transcript available at the [...]

INTERACTIVE: Compare Map Projections via

June 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you’re looking to show your students the quick difference between conic, cylindric, and planar-look no further. This great website by Tobias Jung compares 150+ different map projections. Remember that for Human Geography, our course description asks for students to: “Use and interpret maps” and understand, “All map projections (e.g., Mercator, polar) inevitably distort spatial relationships (e.g., shape, area, distance, direction).” Don’t be overwhelmed, this does not mean the goal is to memorize them all. Create a lesson showing students how cartographers attempt to show the round Earth on a projected flat surface. Students (or other interested parties), can select two maps to compare at once. You can have the kids select different aspects that you want them to compare and then write about the differences. Equidistant vs. Equal-Area? No problem! Check out the comparison website, it rocks. Thanks for the tip from our Facebook group for this [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Types of Regions

June 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Well, if any of you were at the recent AP grading¬†in Cincinnati, you would understand the uproar over “regions”. Africa. Is it? Or isn’t it? Well, according to AP, it is. I think this sums up many other topics within the field of geography. The ongoing discourse about how to define this social science is frustrating, yet so exciting. I love the debate and hopefully you do too. Since I plan on having students use the illustrated text one day, I used AP’s maps as reference. That doesn’t mean that I agree with everything ūüôā I mean…what the heck’s up with Siberia there? Are they saying that it is part of East Asia or not? I can’t tell. Update: I took the liberty of changing the “Middle East” the Southwest Asia. Click to read! Here is the next page on world regions and the beginning of the discussion on types of [...]

Professional Development Night at the 2017 AP Human Reading

June 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you haven’t had the chance to grade hundreds (for some of you thousands) of AP exams, I highly suggest that you do it at least once. While the reading itself can be grueling, there is no other place in the world where so many high school and¬†college educators geek out about Human Geography, in one place.¬†While walking to breakfast one morning, I overheard a man describe how he helped his wife give birth by candlelight in Uganda-needless to say, the stories here are unreal. And while it is difficult to squeeze in a¬†professional development night¬†between a Reds game and a peddle-bike tour of Cincinnati, it is an event that I never miss, because here, you will find the best of the best. The All-Americans of AP Human Geography.¬†With 37 possible roundtable presentations, I was¬†able to hit five, 15-minute talks. GIS, Geoinquiries, and APHG: Presented by Georgeanne Hribar of Old Dominion U. and Phillip Hare of A. C. Flora H.S. We need to make sure that our students [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Defining a Region-Continental Style

June 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

This next page begins breaking down the basic World regions for us. I used the AP Regions as my guide, which you can also find below. I also write about a way that you can download a KML file of World regions and project them into Google Earth for viewing. Enjoy! Here is a preview of the KML file that you can download into Google Earth. Follow the link to the illustrated textbook to read [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Defining a Region

May 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Holy busy month Batman… I have no idea how I am plowing through all of the end of the year ceremonies, retirement parties, and-oh yeah-teaching. I was finally able to finish another page. This page starts to define regions, the first of the Five Themes of Geography that I talk about. In the meantime, enjoy the end of the year festivities everyone! CLICK ME to Define [...]

Google Doc: 2017 Collaborative FRQ Rubric

May 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you would like to discuss the FRQs with your students today, here is a collaborative rubric to share/review ideas.  Try not to delete the questions themselves and just add to the rubric sections if editing. Enjoy the Monday! [...]

INFOGRAPHIC: 2016 AP Human Geography Exam Breakdown

May 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

With our new school calendar shifted two weeks up, it seems like all of the end-of-the-year hoopla is compounded by two! Needless to say, time has NOT been on my side. Alas, baby is down and coffee’s been had. I wanted to incorporate more map data this year, hopefully this keeps us¬†interested. While creating/updating this infographic, I found/used a website called ColorBrewer to find a decent color gradient for my choropleth maps. ColorBrewer brands itself as giving color advice for maps-exactly what I was looking for. Way to go Penn State! Compiling all of the data from 51 different Excel spreadsheets was the bear here, but once everything was compiled, I used Piktochart’s nice map/charting feature to create a choropleth map that I easily inserted into the presentation. For now, it is meant for web-viewing. I will need time to create a static version. And without further adoo….adieux………adieu….the 2016 AP Human Geography Exam Breakdown [...]

REVIEW: iScore5

April 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

This just downloaded! iScore5 is a great way to beef up your AP Human Geography review game before the big day. There is no better way to study than to expose yourself to as many practice questions as possible. Treat your review like trivia and it will feel as if you’re not even studying. Earn enough points to unlock a practice exam at the end. Here is what awaits you when you download: Practice may not make perfect, but it sure does get you close. iScore5 is available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play Android for [...]

Illustrated Textbook: The Fields of Geography (Page 1)

April 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

This illustrated page includes the different fields of geography and it’s various (and obscure) career opportunities. Geography careers were collected from the American Association of Geographers website. Click to enjoy the full [...]

NEWS via CNN Money: Venezuela brain drain: I miss mom, but don’t want to go back

April 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Human Geography connection: This article hits on multiple topics including brain drain, migration, immigration visas, refugees, and political corruption within Venezuela. Alejandro Nava is leaving his home in Venezuela, and he doesn’t plan on coming back. by¬†Patrick Gillespie¬†¬†¬†@CNNMoney¬†April 4, 2017: 9:59 AM ET Nava set his sights abroad because he has lost hope in his country, which is battling an¬†economic crisis that has spiraled out of control, triggering a never ending list of chronic problems, from violent crime to basic health care. Last year, his middle-class family lived without basics like eggs, milk and butter for weeks at a time, as the country struggled through a food shortage crisis. But that’s not his biggest problem. Safety is. “We live in constant fear of getting robbed and shot everyday,” says Nava. “There’s no sense of stability. You can’t save money, you can’t plan for the future.” Click the Title for the [...]

WEBCOMIC: Themes and Traditions of Geography

April 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

This page is the first of many within this section of the chapter. On this page, we learn the difference between cultural geography and physical geography, why math is still important, and how to be a triple threat. Click to enjoy Themes & Traditions of [...]

WEBCOMIC: Human Geography in Practice-Collecting the Data

April 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

These pages address the marriage of the humanities and the sciences, and how we get and use data. Vocab includes: Data aggregation, primary data, secondary data, satellite imagery, remote sensing, quantitative data, qualitative data, group study, and case study. Click to Enjoy Human Geography in Practice-Collecting the [...]

WEBCOMIC: What is Human Geography?

March 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

The first page addressing “What is Human Geography” is now up. Vocabulary terms include: Human Geography, Why of Where, and Geographic Models. Click to enjoy! [...]

Official Launch: The Illustrated Textbook

March 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

This has been brewing since 2009, and it would be a lie to say it is all complete. However, I do have a finished script with all of the content researched-I just need to have it illustrated. I am completing the majority of the page layouts, though I have help from a legit illustrator from the land of Wales, Dan Harris. At any rate, my first pages are complete and the Human Geography Illustrated Textbook is about to take off. And away we go. Click [...]

MC Questions: Volume 1 Edition 13, 14, 15

March 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

THREE WEEKS worth of multiple choice goodness coming your way. Where has the time gone!¬†Inspiration for questions come from “slavery migration,” low life expectancies for Americans, affirmative action bake sales, and a flat-packing Ikea. Discussion or constructive criticism is welcome via Facebook or WordPress. Download below! Human Questions Edition [...]

MC QUESTIONS: Volume 1 Edition 12

February 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

This week’s questions are inspired by the Fair Housing Act, North Koreans behaving badly, Russians behaving badly, and driverless technologies. Feel free to drop me a¬†constructive criticism or points of discussion at Facebook or on the blog! Download below and enjoy! Human Questions Edition [...]

MC QUESTIONS: Volume 1 Edition 11

February 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

Environmental deregulation, ethnic affinity algorithms, and air-ballon reconnaissance were on my mind this week. Here are seven questions you can use in class or for discussion. Let me know if you have any constrictive criticism or would like to discuss via Facebook or WordPress. Download below and enjoy! Human Questions Edition [...]

MC QUESTIONS: Volume 1 Edition 10

February 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

This week’s questions are inspired by election crowd sizes, gendered spaces, Doctor’s Without Borders, and an avocado apocalypse. If you have any constructive criticism or would like to discuss any of the questions, contact me via WordPress or Facebook. Download below and enjoy! Human Questions Edition [...]
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