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Lecture Two

Lecture Two

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I hope all of you are on board with the assignments and are planning to keep up as we go. Asmost of you know, summer courses in the MAT are “fast and furious” and hopefully this hybrid formatwill give you a little leeway with your time management as you get your content requirementscompleted to begin your career in middle level education.
!While I currently have 7/8 as aguest speaker/lab, that date MAY BE MOVED to 7/12. If that is the case, we will swap theassignments for 7/8 and 7/12, will not meet at the UC on 7/8 but will meet on 7/12. I hope to have thatconfirmed in the next day or so and will let you know as soon as possible.Remember, you have two assignments due tomorrow. See my introductory lecture mailed toyou June 24
, along with the class syllabus. Please contact me if you have any questions. Also, if youcan, be sure to sign up with the blog. Many of you already have – It will make both all lives easier thefaster that we all are there – trust me!In my online-only classes, we do a lot of reading and writing over the internet. In a hybridcourse like this one, we do a lot of that reading/writing as well, but add a layer of hands onexperiences and some technology training. Much of that will happen next week (July 6,7,8). For thisupcoming week, I will focus much of our conversation on the cornerstone of geography education –
the six themes of geography
The Six Themes of Geography
The six themes (or elements) of geography are a conceptual framework originally establishedin 1994 by the National Council on Geographic Education (seehttp://bit.ly/6Geoelementsfor details).While these elements are overarching, they have been further developed into 18 national standardsfor geography education (all are listed athttp://bit.ly/6Geoelements) It is from these nationalstandards that most states, including South Carolina, incorporate geography education, either asseparate courses or embedded into other content area curricula. As I noted before, SC had done bothand currently has geography embedded in the science and social studies courses in the middlegrades. While it is my opinion that geography education is vital in “flat earth economy,” I also believethat integration of knowledge across content areas is a best practice for middle-level education. Wetake that approach in this course and throughout the MAT here at Clemson.The seminal publication in geography, Geography for Life (or GFL; NCGE, 1994) has beenused extensively in the development of geography education. While it is still in print and availablefrom many sources, there are multiple applications of GFL accessible from the internet from multiplesources. I will list many of them as class resources, but please feel free to look on your own andshare with the class. For this introduction to GFL, I am making the work of the University of Hawaiiavailable to you as a reference (seehttp://www.hawaii.edu/hga/Standard/Standard.html, specificallythe suggested application for grades 5-8).

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