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Brain Science Gives Us Evidence That Effort -- Not IQ Or ZIP Code -- Paves The Path To Success

Brain Science Gives Us Evidence That Effort -- Not IQ Or ZIP Code -- Paves The Path To Success | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it

As it turns out, we are not "set in stone" at birth -- not by genetics, not by the luck-of-the-draw of our ZIP code.


Via Marci Segal, MS
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I believe this with all my heart.  I have seen kids immediately change their classroom behavior when you compliment them instead of reprimand them.  The more positive I am with my students the more I get back.  I have rough days with some rough kids but even then letting them know it's ok to have a bad day but it's not ok to not try even on a bad day makes them push through.  Kids are watching us for cues and if we tell them they can do something they will do it, at least. In my experience.

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Neuroscience: The more that teachers believe in their students the more that students believe in themselves. Think it's the same for employers and employees?

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USDA Defines Food Deserts | American Nutrition Association

USDA Defines Food Deserts | American Nutrition Association | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it

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It would be interesting to compare this to obesity maps.

 

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, November 24, 2013 5:08 PM

This is very telling!! 

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Become a Mighty 5 Ambassador | Utah National Parks | VisitUtah.com

Become a Mighty 5 Ambassador | Utah National Parks | VisitUtah.com | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
Become an official The Mighty 5 Ambassador of Utah's five national parks (Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Zion)! Find info and sign up here.
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Great way to get your students excited about seeing the amazing wonder of Utah's 5 National Parks!!! Consider taking a field trip to one if you can.  If you can't there are some great virtual tours available at the visitUtah.com  website!  GO EXPLORE!

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Tech, teacher bonuses, data help transform Utah middle school

Tech, teacher bonuses, data help transform Utah middle school | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
The 780 students at Northwest Middle School face myriad challenges. Ninety-two percent come from low-income homes and 87 percent are ethnic minorities. Nearly two-thirds don’t speak English at home.
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These numbers are incredible. I am I true believer in technology and what it can do for our students, and I think it often underestimated in terms of the value it gives to our students.  I hope that going into next week there are some hard looks at what the appropriate amount of technology are along with how can we give our students more of it.

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Be The Person You Want Your Students to Be

Be The Person You Want Your Students to Be | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
I do everything the school requires of me but I supplement that with my passions.
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A couple of years ago I started feeling what many refer to as "teacher burnout". This happens when you are going through the motions of teaching but stop truly caring about the students for most teachers. Then I had a student as a senior who I had also taught in 9th grade because as a Social Studies teacher many of you know one year you teach government and the next geography. I had been especially close to this student because he shared my passions for travel and music and had always brought in new music for me to hear and brought me back souvenirs from his travels even after he was no longer in my class. One day after what seemed like a particularly long day where I was just trying to get through it the student handed me a note as he left. In the note he wrote simply " what happened to you?" I thought about that note for the next few days and I realized I had let the long hours, little pay, administrative interference, get to me until I was one of those teachers that did not think I wanted to teach anymore. But, I decided I owed this one student one last class where education was valuable to him again. I started organizing field trips, arranging guest speakers, and planning activities with the students at the center not me at the front talking at them. Very quickly the students saw the difference, began to be happy to come to class, my attendance went way up, and I finished that year by holding a mock Congress in our state's capital with my students with several senators watching. I remembered why I became a teacher in the first place, what I gain, what the students should be gaining etc. I realized I wasn't having a problem with teaching but how I was teaching, I knew I could do better so I did.
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Utah Holiday Lights Map | ksl.com

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Looking for the best places to see the lights this holiday season well there's a map for that!  KSL has put together all the best lights in the Wasatch Front and created an interactive map for you to use when searching for the best light shows this season.

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Our Educational Leaders Must Get Aggressive With Technology

Our Educational Leaders Must Get Aggressive With Technology | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
Our Educational Leaders Must Get Aggressive With Technology - The Huffington Post
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If you haven't yet embraced technology as the future,of,education from GPS to GIS, to tablets, and more interaction with computers you may be leaving your students out of an age where they need to be the leaders.
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10 Holiday traditions from across the world

10 Holiday traditions from across the world | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
“ Countries all around the world will be celebrating the holidays together in spirit, making it the perfect time to introduce your child to many cultures.”
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Remember at this time of year that all students don't celebrate holidays the same and what better way to teach them about each other's holiday traditions then to include a lesson on the world holiday traditions.
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25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy And Independent Reading

25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy And Independent Reading | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
“ 25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy And Independent Reading”
Via Karen Bonanno, Marita Thomson, Joyce Valenza
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Winter Break is a great time to get kids to read. They have time and if you make it sound like a challenge, or make sure each student has a book they really want to read, not that they have to read, plus some of the other tricks in this article and you may just find some real readers in your classes.
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Brain Science Gives Us Evidence That Effort -- Not IQ Or ZIP Code -- Paves The Path To Success

Brain Science Gives Us Evidence That Effort -- Not IQ Or ZIP Code -- Paves The Path To Success | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it

As it turns out, we are not "set in stone" at birth -- not by genetics, not by the luck-of-the-draw of our ZIP code.


Via Marci Segal, MS
Utah Geographic Alliance's insight:

I believe this with all my heart.  I have seen kids immediately change their classroom behavior when you compliment them instead of reprimand them.  The more positive I am with my students the more I get back.  I have rough days with some rough kids but even then letting them know it's ok to have a bad day but it's not ok to not try even on a bad day makes them push through.  Kids are watching us for cues and if we tell them they can do something they will do it, at least. In my experience.

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Marci Segal, MS's curator insight, November 18, 2013 4:05 PM
Neuroscience: The more that teachers believe in their students the more that students believe in themselves. Think it's the same for employers and employees?
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Australia urged to formally recognise climate change refugee status

Australia urged to formally recognise climate change refugee status | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
“ Refugee Council says new category would protect those fleeing the effects of global warming and warns Australian government to prepare for thousands forced from low-lying Pacific islands”
Via SustainOurEarth
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An interesting topic for discussion in your classes. What happens when there are more and more climate refugees?
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The Path to Digital Citizenship

The Path to Digital Citizenship | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
“ I've written and taught about digital citizenship for several years. And, while the term is new in our lexicon, the meaning spans generations. The simple acts of carrying oneself in a civil, appropri”
Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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This page is important as we teach our students correct and incorrect internet behaviors as more them are online and using the technology not thinking about consequences that will come many years from now for something they posted when they were young. While we once had the luxury of escaping the mistakes we made as kids as nobody published them for everyone to see now everything is published from pictures to interests. There are a number of great sites here to help your students navigate this new world in which everything sticks to you forever.
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Make a Map Tour Story Map

Make a Map Tour Story Map | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it

Via Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)
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Last month the Utah Geographic Alliance helped host 3 different GIS days. One in Northern Utah, One in Orem at UVU, and one in Salt Lake City. Part of what GIS does is teach our students to be the map makers of the future. One fun way to to include that concept in your classes is to make a Story Map. This site walks you through step by step how to help your students do this. Another great site for this is BarabareeDuke.com/maps this can help get our students excited about learning Geography in the 21st century and where this type of technology can take them.
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Family Geography Night

"Are you looking for a way to promote geography in your school in a way that involves students, parents, other teachers and administrators? A Family Geography can absolutely help. Here are some guidelines to run a Family Geography night at a school or an Alliance function."
Via Seth Dixon
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This is such a fabulous way of involving everyone in Geography! If you want help putting on something like this at your school please contact the Utah Geographical Alliance, for help and ideas!
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This Future Map Of The United States Is Way Cooler Than Any Current Map Of The United States

This Future Map Of The United States Is Way Cooler Than Any Current Map Of The United States | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
Give me one good reason we shouldn't build this?

Via Nancy Watson
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I can't wait to see this reality it's long overdue. right now it takes half as long to drive than to ride the train in many areas.

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Futuristic? High Speed rail travel

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National Geographic Photo Contest 2013, Part II

National Geographic Photo Contest 2013, Part II | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
Time is running out to enter this year's National Geographic
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National Geographic Annual Photo Contest might be over but we get to the most amazing photos all year. I am always amazed at the images of the National Geographic but this contest show the great photography and amazing world moments caught on film! So, I may remind you that this year the 125th Anniversary of National Geographic, the 25th Anniversary of the Utah Geographic Association. Watch for more information coming about the 25th Anniversary of t)he Utah Geography Bee. There are great deals on National Geographic Subscriptions including their kids magazine happening now in commemoration of this anniversary and trust me just to escape the beautiful places in the pictures when you need a break and it is worth those photos!
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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
Explore the life of South African activist and former president Nelson Mandela, who helped end apartheid and has advocated for human rights around the world.
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An icon of our generation has passed away today. Perhaps this will give us all a chance to reflect on what one person is capable of doing, as well as introduce this amazing man his achievements, and determination  to our classes.

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Across America In Legos

Across America In Legos | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
If you think Legos are just a kid's toy, think again.
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Learning Geography can be fun and creative for our students.  This article shows us how to turn our toys into into lessons to make learning seem like a game for our students.  Plus make some really cool displays!

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The Growth and Obsession of Social Media Management an infographic /@BerriePelser

The Growth and Obsession of Social Media Management an infographic /@BerriePelser | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
“ The Growth and Obsession of Social Media Management infographic Social media Management has transitioned into an obsession As social media continues to grow”
Via WordPress SEO & Social Media, Gerrit Bes
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We need to teach our students how to responsibly use Social Media before they join these numbers and make mistakes they can never take back!
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Top 20 Earth Images

Top 20 Earth Images | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
“With five satellites scanning the globe, DigitalGlobe has collected impressive imagery of planet Earth this year. Check out their top 20 images here.”
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Amazing what can be seen from space and with so much detail today.
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Christmas dinners in European river cruise destinations

Christmas dinners in European river cruise destinations | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
“We British love a tradition, and arguably one of our finest (and gastronomically arduous) is that of the Christmas dinner.”
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Wish I could afford the cruise. Utah just the article gives a lot of insight into how other cultures celebrate Christmas Dinner.
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AIDS by the numbers #WorldAIDSDay

AIDS by the numbers #WorldAIDSDay | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
“ New HIV infections among adults and children were estimated at 2.3 million in 2012, a 33% reduction since 2001. New HIV infections among children have been reduced to 260 000 in 2012, a reduction of 52% since 2001.”
Via Mr. David Burton
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A very difficult topic to discuss with your students but as I found out in teaching it if only in a daily warm-up they have no knowledge or understanding about this disease we grew up learning about as everyone around us was learning together. So, now we have the information about testing and while Utah is an "abstinence only" state I can teach them the basics without mentioning any other policy. Additionally, we can teach about what the global trends are PBS Frontline has some great videos, maps, teacher resources etc. to help talk about this as while December 1st was officially World AIDS day we can use the month of December to teach our children more about this horrible disease and how to prevent it.
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The Geography of Christmas

The Geography of Christmas | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
“ Christmas is a historic tale that blends ancient pagan customs with the more recent universal traditions of Christianity. It is also an interesting trip around the world, a geographic story that originated in many places.”
Via João Pedro Bastos
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Great cultural geography lesson, especially for the days leading up to winter break when the kids have the holidays on the mind.
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Map: These are the cities that climate change will hit first

Map: These are the cities that climate change will hit first | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it
A city hits "climate departure" when the average temperature of its coolest year from then on is projected to be warmer than the average temperature of its hottest year between 1960 and 2005. For example, let's say the climate departure point for D.C. is 2047 (which it is). After 2047, even D.C.'s coldest year will still be hotter than any year from before 2005. Put another way, every single year after 2047 will be hotter than D.C.'s hottest year on record from 1860 to 2005. It's the moment when the old "normal" is really gone. A big study, just published in the scientific journal Nature, projected that the Earth, overall, passes climate departure in 2047. The study also projects the year of climate departure in dozens of specific cities. Here, from The Post's graphics team, is a map of their findings:
Via Mathijs Booden
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Maybe when people see that our best hope now is to slow this down not stop it they will become serious about Climate Change. When we now have places in the world that are uninhabitable because of climate change it had reached emergency status stop talking and act!
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32 Top Apps for Geography

32 Top Apps for Geography | December News Letter Utah Geographic Alliance | Scoop.it

Via Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)
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There are so many Apps out there now how do you know which ones will be useful? Here 's a list with descriptions of some to look for in teaching Geography. It all depends on what you are using them for but these provide a good place to start.
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Sustainability Now

“ Best viewed with highest possibel play back settings. An inspirational video on renewable energy and conservation.”
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Great quick video on energy consumption, and our need for renewable solutions now.
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