Weekly Warm-Up: Why it Matters that Chechnya is Not the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is rebranding itself as Czechia. What’s in a name? “Proposals for a one-word English name have been floating around since the Czech Republic was established over two decades ago, following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia. The BBC notes that a shorter name would ‘make it easier for companies and sports teams to use it on products and clothing.’” But would Czechia (pronounced CHEK-ee-uh) … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Why it Matters that Chechnya is Not the Czech Republic

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Celebrating Geography

Today’s world is all about choices. What to buy, where to buy it, who to buy it from… and the amount of information that can impact our decisions only increases when talking about something like food. Food has been in focus at National Geographic lately, because it’s a critical juncture point when pondering our future well being. How does what we eat impact our environment and health? … Continue reading Celebrating Geography

Can You Find Ukraine?

GEOGRAPHY Although two-thirds of Americans have reported following the situation between Russia and Ukraine in Crimea at least “somewhat closely,” most actually know very little about events on the ground—or even where the ground is. (Washington Post blog) We’ll help you find Ukraine! Discussion Ideas Why does it matter if Americans know where Ukraine is? Watch our video “Why is Geo-literacy Important” for some help. … Continue reading Can You Find Ukraine?

Most Lucrative College Majors

BUSINESS What you major in (engineering) has a bigger influence over your (engineering) income than where you go to school (for engineering), according to a new economic analysis. (NPR) Use our STEM resources to get a head start. Discussion Ideas Look at our collection of STEM resources. STEM is science, technology, engineering, and math. How does STEM align with the list of lucrative college majors? Very … Continue reading Most Lucrative College Majors

The Geography and Literacy Connection

What do you think of when you hear the word literacy? Depending on what you teach, chances are geography is not the first thought that comes to mind. But believe it or not, geography and literacy naturally share many similarities. And you can deepen students’ learning in both geography and literacy when they are integrated in the curriculum. The Common Core State Standards in English … Continue reading The Geography and Literacy Connection