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Strategy Share: Using Photographs to Enhance Storytelling and Geography Skills

When I traveled to South Georgia as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, I felt compelled to read Alfred Lansing’s Endurance, about Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated attempt to transect Antarctica. Shackleton came to South Georgia to get help for the men he left on another Antarctic island. I was intrigued by his perilous journey and wanted to re-enact this epic trek on South Georgia once I got there. Unfortunately, in all the excitement of seeing icebergs, dodging fur seals, and trekking up snowy hills, I forgot to do my re-enactment. Continue reading Strategy Share: Using Photographs to Enhance Storytelling and Geography Skills

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

Cake pops represent data points on a National Geographic world map.

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