So I've done some self-directed professional development and have learned some key things about my future content area. I've discovered that Geography has 2 major components: the physical and the human. Under the umbrella of physical geography, we find things like maps, landforms, bodies of water, natural resources, etc. Human geography encompasses things like culture, types of government, economics, etc.
As I gradually start to wrap my brain around how to teach both sides of Geography, I also grapple with these essential questions:
This last question is easy to plan for compared to the first two. Without even knowing what my future classroom looks like, I plan to create an inviting and student-friendly learning space by incorporating the following:
The aesthetics will hopefully be appreciated by my students and will cultivate an academic setting that is truly welcoming and worldly. I don't expect 7th graders to care much for cutesy bulletin board displays, so my focus will be on providing a more mature palette of art, photography, and music for them to enjoy and to enhance our learning. As for the other two essential questions, I think more research and PD are what the doctor ordered.
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