Geography 460 Students

Session 7

 

Note: We will use the Goode's World Atlas tonight, so please bring your copy.

 

Assignment for Session 7:

 

1. Complete the animation segment for drawing isolines. You do not have to print anything. PRACTICE DRAWING ISOLINES, (Phil Medina), find the downloadable isoline worksheets here under "Dimensions of the Earth"

http://www.mrsciguy.com/resources.html

List and email to me three ways that the computer animation of isolines delivers concepts and skills and applies Best Classroom Practices.

Begin Building the Unit of Instruction

Begin with your first lesson

2.   Be certain to focus on the GLCE and the Scope and Sequence

a.   Be certain to use the template I provided you and the Lesson 1 Spatial Thinking and Problem Solving.

b.   Consider significant content for instruction and the opportunity to learn. This is referred to as pedagogical content. Remember, the teacher in knowing the GLCE is responsible for determining the content and pedagogically presenting it to the students.

c.   Best practices: Identify the best practices as you use them in your unit.  (Best Practice: Refer to Session 05 and Marzano.)

d.   Major considerations:

Decide what you want to achieve in the unit and keep it as your focus

Decide how you are going to assess if you achieved your objectives have been reached by your students

Design your lessons as opportunities for your students to achieve the content and skill that identified.

Reference your lessons to the GLCE (and Content Standards)

3.      GFL pages 85 – 91 (Human Systems)

4.      Writing Quality Test Questions at the Knowledge, Understanding and Application levels. Look at the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Geography Test items that have been released. They will be your guides for the assessment of your unit. They are at

http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/geography/

and you need to select the highlighted NAEP Questions Tool in the right hand column. Look at map interpretation questions first and then atlas questions. The atlas is not included on the website, but you can apply many of the questions to the Goode’s World Atlas.

 

 

Review:

1. Mega Cities: Concepts that may be developed Site (conditions) and Situation (connections)

            a. Can we predict future Mega Cities

                        i. population change: Using Population Diagrams to predict

http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/idbpyr.html

                        ii. Site and Situation

2. Best Practices include:

            a. See Session 05 and especially the Best Practices identified by Marzano that are supported by actual in-classroom research on student learning.

3. Using Spatial Thinking Skills and the Fundamental Themes of Geography

 

Agenda

1. GFL: 

a. GFL pages 85 – 91 (Human Systems)

b. Using Geography for Life as a Reference

2.  Planning the Unit of Instruction        

a. Be certain to use the template I provided

b. Consider significant content for instruction and opportunity to learn. This is referred to a pedagogical content

c. Best practices: Identify the best practices as you use them in your unit (Best Practice: Cooperative Learning and others)

            d. Major consideration:

                        Decide what you want to achieve in the unit

                        Decide how you are going to assess if you achieved it or not

Design your lessons to opportunities for your students to achieve the content and skill that identified.

 

Demonstration Lesson: Sharing a River

 

Note: Geography Awareness Week Occurs each November:  In 2009 the focus will be Europe. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geography-action/americas.html

 

3. Developing a Scoring Guide (Rubric) for the Lessons and the Unit:

 

 

 

4. Planning Good Classroom Assessments

a. Writing Quality Test Questions at the Knowledge, Understanding and Application levels. Look at the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Geography Test items that have been released. They are at

http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/geography/

and you need to select the highlighted NAEP Questions Tool in the right hand column. Look at map interpretation questions first and then atlas questions. The atlas is not included on the website, but you can apply many of the questions to the Goode’s World Atlas (See item 4 below)..

b. Writing items: What is the MEAP Model?  Use it to guide the assessment for your unit.

            c. Selecting prompts similar to those used in the classroom

5. What should the unit assessment entail?

            a. 10 multiple choice content questions that you classify based on the Bloom Taxonomy. Use the NAEP as your guide for writing MC items.

            b. 2 map or atlas questions

c. 1 written response of at least one paragraph where the students are required to compare and contrast, or another of best practices from Marzano’s list. The written response question must use a prompt such as a data table, diagram, etc., which sets the context, but does more than require the student to find information in the prompt (sometimes referred to as a stimulus).

 

6. Using the Atlas to move from a local to a global view

            Geographic Question: What is the importance of corn as a crop in the diet of the world’s population?

a. Begin with the State of Oklahoma and move to a global view of corn production;

            1. What spatial thinking skills are applied?

            2. What are some other examples to reinforce the example?

           

Assignment for Week 8:

            1. GFL Environment and Society: pages 92 – 97

2. Submit Lesson 2 of your unit at least in advanced draft form;  Reminder, if I make a comment for improving lesson 1, then it must be applied thereafter when appropriate. Constructive suggestions are not made to be disregarded. I do not want to make the same comments on each lesson.

3. Look into the following website for ideas and perhaps educational materials that will help with your unit design.

http://webs.cmich.edu/resgi/

  1. Check the website and bookmark it for future reference.
    1. http://www.mywonderfulworld.org/
    2. Europe is the focus of GAW 2008
    3. There are materials available via the WWW from Geography Awareness Week (GAW) 2008

                                                               i.      http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geography-action/americas.html

                                                             ii.      The materials range from maps to music

                                                            iii.      GIS Day is available at:  http://www.gisday.com/

 

Have a nice day. See you at 6:30.

 

Prof. Stoltman