Human Geography: Teaching Tips

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The following suggestions are taken from the Teacher's Guide—AP Human Geography.

  • Link students to the community. Students can practice mapping their community, assess its ethnic makeup, and prepare information on its growth potential. Attending community meetings, especially when development issues are on the agenda, is an excellent way to expose students to geographic issues involving people, their livelihoods, and their perspectives on land use.
  • Assign readings from local newspapers. Introduce students to their own community and its geographical concerns, priorities, and values.
  • Take field trips into the neighborhoods near the school or more distant sites. Field trips are opportunities for students to explore their local community or city. They can take many forms—visits to museums, processing plants, transportation facilities, or even local map companies.
  • Chart energy consumption at your school. Prepare charts and diagrams on the school's use of energy. Determine the best methods to reduce energy consumption. Then develop an oral presentation with overheads and graphics for the school board on patterns of energy use and the most effective ways to reduce consumption.
  • Use technology. There are a lot of excellent, inexpensive resources that can be used in the classroom, such as videos and CDs. The Internet is also a rich resource. There are many sites with extensive map collections, affiliations with professional associations, and contacts for geography societies.