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 [...]

NEWS via CNN: 7 Things you Probably Didn’t know about Maps

February 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

7 things you probably didn’t know about maps By Frances Cha, CNN February 3, 2014 — Updated 1011 GMT (1811 HKT) London-based map dealer Daniel Crouch shares a few unusual or rare maps from a recent exhibition in Hong Kong. According to Crouch, maps of BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are rising in popularity among map collectors. This 17th-century map of China is a double-page hand-colored engraved map published in 1665 by John Speed. STORY HIGHLIGHTS “Paper towns” were fake places added to maps by mapmakers in order to dupe forgers into copying them The world’s best map collection is in Paris, says map dealer Daniel Crouch Maps of BRIC nations are popular in the collecting world right now (CNN) — Maps can be beautiful and good ones can be great investments. But what collectors often find most entrancing about maps are how they provide portals into history. The rise and fall of cities, the charting of war and adventure, the promise [...]
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