PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

RESOURCE: AP HuGe Recommended Texts

April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The following list is taken from the AP Human Geography Teacher’s Guide. The list looks a little dated, nevertheless, the authors have updated versions of their texts. ———————– Textbooks de Blij, H. J., and Alexander B. Murphy. Human Geography: Culture, Society, and Space. 7th ed. New York: John Wiley, 2003. Fellmann, Jerome D., Arthur Getis, and Judith Getis. Human Geography: Landscapes of Human Activities. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005. Jordan-Bychkov, Terry G., and Mona Domosh. The Human Mosaic: A Thematic Introduction to Cultural Geography. 9th ed. New York: W. H. Freeman, 2003. Knox, Paul L., and Sallie A. Marston. Places and Regions in Global Context: Human Geography. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2004. Kuby, Michael, John Harner, and Patricia Gober. Human Geography in Action. 3rd ed. New York: John Wiley, 2004. Norton, William. Human Geography. 5th ed. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press, 2004. [...]

RESOURCE: Sample Pacing Chart

August 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

As the upcoming school year begins, I wanted to draft a visual representation of my pacing chart that I used for the 2013-2014 school year. A couple of things to note here is that my district used 3 snow days last year during the winter months. You will also notice that there are two blank days before Spring Break to grudgingly accommodate the students whose parents let them go on cruises two days before break actually starts. There are also two days where I begin my language unit before winter break for similar reasons, and so that I can assure that everyone has completed exams before break begins. The Introduction unit tends to be the longest, however this is the time of year that I am establishing my classroom, getting my students to understand their new role as 1:1 iPad students, as well as teaching them about many fundamentals that we use throughout the rest of the school year. I have tried to cut this unit down in the past, but it continues to be an important unit for us and [...]

RESOURCE: Human Geography FRQ Writing Commands

July 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

After creating the Visual.ly infographic based upon AP’s previous FRQ exams, I created a more user-friendly guide for teachers and students to use in preparation for their exams. I would love to say that these protocols can also work for Ap Gov., Econ, Macro, Micro, Psychology, and U.S. but we can not since these protocols are based off observations of how the Human Geography rubrics scored each command. FRQ Writing Command Protocols with Good Examples Nevertheless, I think they are very good protocols for teaching a student how to answer these types of questions in any class. I received a writing protocol at an AP conference about 6-7 years ago, and I used to hand it out to students. Though a great jumping off point, my students were still fuzzy on what some of the differences were between certain writing prompts and I also think that this guide better reflects the commands that AP Human Geography use through the most current rubrics. How I use the guide I am currently teaching [...]

Observations from the 2014 AP Human Geography Reading

June 11, 2014 // 4 Comments

Once again the AP Human Geography reading was a success. I still firmly believe that this group pf 500+ teachers and professors have GOT to be the most extraordinary and interesting people than any other group of readers. The stories that we all overhear while riding up the escalator for lunch are unbelievable and  inspires me to keep pushing to be a better teacher than I was yesterday. Never mind the 1125 free response questions that I graded- this is by far the best professional development that I can ever get. I am very thankful for a productive professional development night, and all of the other “professional development” nights outside of the convention center. After pondering the rubric that we used for grading and discussing it with my table, I decided to do some further research into the previous years and see what types of verbs that the FRQ test requests the students to answer. Some of my findings were interesting and provoked more thought while others were [...]

RESOURCE: Geography Related iPad Apps for the Student and Teacher

August 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

As I continue to expand my iPad classroom, I am discovering a bunch of content specific apps for geography that will be great to use both in and out of the classroom. Here is a list of the ones I have accumulated on my iPad thus far: CNN: A must for news. TED: A must for inspiration Discovery Education: A must for short clips and full length videos that provide a wide range of topics Google Earth: A must for…Duh… ArcGIS: A must for showing image overlays and from the GIS pros. This is great for helping to show the power of GIS. QuakeFeed: An app that shows recent seismic activity all over the world using maps and a Richter Scale. Living Earth: An app that shows the World Time and Weather patterns on a moving 3D Earth. Wolfram Geography: Wolfram has always been great with providing statistics and fast, but this one is tailored just for geography. Topics range from Physical geography, geology and climate, political geography, demographics, economics, and social statistics. [...]

RESOURCE: Free Online Maps Course: Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

July 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

Interested in taking a spatial mapping course free form Penn State University? Sign up and follow along! This is the first week that it is being offered and so far over 3,000 people have signed up. This is a great way to learn all about the spatial perspective and how to use ArcGIS in every day life. If you have no idea what ArcGIS is, check it out, it is quite amazing.  Imagine a whole bunch of layers of data that you can toggle on and off to see if there are any correlations between the phenomenon.  Ok, I know that didn’t sound so amazing-but liken with toggling a map of McDonalds locations and low income housing. Do you get me now? ————— Maps are for everyone and you don’t need a background to start, just an interest in maps. Here is a copied and pasted section of who this class is intended for: Wired: Who’s the intended audience? Robinson: Novice folks who are maybe coming out of high school in some cases, or lifelong learners who [...]

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: AP Reading~What to Expect

June 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

I just returned from a week-long trip to Cincinnati, Ohio where the AP Human Geography reading took place.  What a great experience. Though there were other readings taking place at the same time that we were, there were a total of 460 AP readers for the AP Human exam to read approximately 140,000 free response questions.  When we arrived and checked into the hotel, we headed over to the convention center and completed registration.  Next, we headed over to our table assignments that were listed on the walls.  My buddy told me that this was like summer camp for geography teachers in that finding who would be at your table and table leader would be, was the most anxiety he would experience all week. Since I did not know anyone, it was not that nerve-wracking anyway. Meals were included banquet/buffet style in a massive ballroom of the convention center. I was absolutely thrilled that food was free, but by the end of the week however, it does become a bit old. We had to report to [...]
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