Geography Awareness Week 2015
"Explore! The Power of Maps"
When: November 15 - 21, 2015
What: A week to learn about, celebrate, and share the importance of geography and geography education.
Who: Educators, parents, concerned citizens, students, and kids of all ages.
Where: Everywhere! In classrooms, family rooms, parks, streams, and everywhere in between.
Why: To understand Geography's unique contribution to students' education, and to our understanding of the world.
Geography Awareness Week FAQs for Educators
What resources can help me teach?
- Find the downloadable GAW2015 APHG Bell-Ringers (created by Ken Keller) here. If you wish to receive them weekly, be sure to sign up and subscribe to receive them (free to members and non-members).
- Attend the NCGE GAW live webinar, "Teaching and Learning with Google Maps," with Peter Spiegel - 8PM Wednesday, November 18, 2015. (free for members/$20 non-members)
- National Geographic, Incorporating the Power of Maps activities
- "The People's Guide for Spatial Thinking"
What resources are available to help me teach more and better geography?
- What is geographic education?
- NCGE webinar archives - hear from geography education experts (free access for members)
- Teaching Geography, 3rd Edition, by Dr. Phil Gersmehl. Includes CD-ROM with model curriculum and lesson activities.
- Instructional Resources for Teaching GIS and Remote Sensing (HS and college appropriate)
- Visit and connect with your State Alliance for Geographic Education
- Outline maps for classroom use from the Arizona Geographic Alliance
- Geography for Life: National Geography Standards, Second Edition
- Connections between Geography and the Common Core for English Language Arts
- Geography in Education (Free online course module for teachers from The Open University - UK)
- See What Geographers Do from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
What resources does NCGE have for Advanced Placement Human Geography?
- Daily Bell-Ringer questions (emailed weekly)
- Top-Ten Column for Teaching APHG to 9th-Graders (by Sharon Shelerud)
How do I connect with other teachers who love geography as much as I do?
- Attend the National Conference on Geography Education- July 28-31, 2016, Tampa, FL
- Submit a conference proposal
- Join NCGE and become a member with a voice
How do I get my students more involved?
- Organize a Geography Club (K-4 appropriate)
- Organize a Geography Olympiad team at your school and enter the global competition (HS)
- Register for the National Geographic Bee (ES/MS)
- Organize a World Geography Bowl Team and compete at the AAG Annual Meeting (college/university)
Communicate the Importance of Geography
The world as we know it is more interconnected and globalized than ever before. As geography educators, you are at the forefront of the effort to raise awareness about this deficiency in American education and excite people about geography as a discipline and as a part of everyday life. Geography Awareness week gives us an important platform. Many of you are already doing great work to promote geography during Geography Awareness Week and beyond. Keep it up!
Use social media. Promote Geography Awareness Week on social media using #GeoWeek. Here are some tips from National Geographic social media experts.
Talk about the importance of geographic knowledge, skills and perspectives in society. See our tips for advocating for geography and geographic education.
Plan or participate in a Geography Awareness Week event or activity. Looking for more students to join your major, take your classes, or highlight your presence in general? GeoWeek is a great opportunity to promote your department, students and faculty. Organize a geography bee, potluck dinner, or a student research symposium for the rest of campus to show geographers' unique perspective on the world.
Check out what some other Geography allies are doing:
- American Geographical Society - Geography 2050
- Esri - GIS Day - November 18, 2015
- Open Street Map
- AAG - Career Resources and Tips
- HSTRY - Maps & Images for Teaching Geography