Peter Michaud incorporates geography into his lessons for subjects ranging from math to literacy. In an activity that combined data and statistics with mapping, he encouraged his fifth-graders to ask “thick questions” and consider different perspectives when answering them. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Asking ‘Thick Questions’ to Understand Geographic Data
UNITED STATES The question is why workers have sorted into these roles—and what would happen if the pay gaps narrowed. (Bloomberg) What are the best jobs in America? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The fascinating Bloomberg article outlines the jobs “most segregated by gender and race” in the U.S. What does “segregated” mean in … Continue reading What Are the Most Segregated Jobs in America?
Here’s an advance look at a some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead. Monday, October 17 TDIGH: Loma Prieta Earthquake The magnitude 6.9 earthquake near Oakland, California in 1989 was triggered by the shifting tectonic plates … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, October 17 – 23
What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org. This week, we learned … … James Bond’s fake Day of the Dead parade was so cool Mexico wants to do it for real. (Teachers! Learn more about Dia de los Muertos here!) … South Africa’s amazing MeerKAT telescope array spotted more than 1,300 unknown galaxies. (Teachers! Learn … Continue reading 14 Things We Learned This Week
SCIENCE The Monty Hall Problem: There are three unknown gifts, and you get to choose one of them. Two are goats (baaaad) and one is a new car (good!). You make up your mind for Gift Number 3 but before you can unwrap, Santa does you a solid and reveals one of the goats is Gift Number 1. Should you change your mind and go … Continue reading Holiday Math: Should You Trade Your Gift?