Spatial Terms-Rubis

Someday in the near future their may be a major disaster, or a war. The news will show maps of the region where his takes place. Then they will show images of people, places, and maybe the effects of what ever has happened. With the understanding the world in Spacial Terms the students will be able to analyze what they are seeing. How to use mental maps to organize information about people, places, and environments in a spatial context (Maxwell, 2011) How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on earth’s surface. (Maxwell, 2011) Students will be able to Read that map, knowing where in the world this region is located. They will be able to understand the climate, the culture, and the economics form the pictures on the news. These skills will make the events seem even more real to students because they understand theses skill.

What skill do we need to learn first so that you can make spatial analysis. Students need to have the ability to look at a map and be able to read the lines, the coloring, the scale of the map, and the terrain. They need to be able to collect data form the maps and the images that they see. After collecting that data they will need the skill to analyze the data. With these basic skill they can start to be come spatially aware.

What are some of the activities that students can do to start learning. Activities can in clue map making. Students can create maps of wear they live, the streets and major land marks. Students can make topographic maps of different terrains, and map of climate regions. They can create maps of population densities, making sure that they include all the appropriate resources. Students can also learn to create charts of data that they have collected. (Burris, 2014)

 Using Discovery Education, activity to to create maps. Student start off analyzing maps. They identify major elements of those maps. They look at other maps then then compare and contrast those maps. This helps them build an understand of what it take to build maps. Then student find a focus for their map being population, businesses or even the elevations of the area. They build their map. (Burris 2014)

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Importance of being an Geographically Informed person

by David Rubis


When I think of geography I tend to have the idea of looking at a map seeing where the places in the work that I would love to visit. Traveling back to Europe, or heading on a cross country trip to Arizona. That tends to be the first thing I think of when I see geography. As I have learn though it is a much larger study then just maps. It is the study of culture, population, climate, and according to our book it is “tool and techniques for us to think Geographically”.(S. Heffron & R. Downs (Eds.), 2012) Our world is getting smaller and we are becoming closer and closer. Technology linked people from all over the world. Using GIS (Geographic information system), such as satellites to look at images all from all over it has become a lot easier to see changes in the land. Just recently I use Google Earth and noticed that my home town who just recently put in a new football field. That new football field is already on Google Earth and you a can see the detail. So you see the growing need to understand geography is important. But what else do we need to learn to become more geographically aware.

According to (Balderston, D., & Lambert, D. (2000)), it is the responsibility of the Geography teacher to maintain the sustainability of the Geography class. That means we need to continually keep Geography relevant to the times. As the world continues to change teacher must be able to adapt and Identify the changes. The biggest change I feel is the increasing urbanization. More and more people are moving to the cities. It is geographies responsibility to study and inform the world of the changes and why those changes maybe happening. Understanding the need for a better system to train and guideline to Geography, in 1985 the Geographic National Implementation Project, was found by the Association of American Geographers, the National Geographic Society, and the American Geographic Society, implemented recommendations national guidelines (Clark, J., & Stoltman, J. (2000).) I see that as proof that becoming a Geographically informed person has been at the center of developing education. When you have so many people trying to develop a better way to teach Geography then that shows its importance.




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  3. (2012). S. Heffron & R. Downs (Eds.), Geography for life: National geography standards (2nd ed.). Washington D.C., United States: National Council for Geographic Education