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Harvest 2013

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From grains to grapes to cabbage and many other crops the harvest season has been in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Liam Michelsohn's curator insight, November 6, 2013 2:47 PM

Well see as how my page is called World Photography, i figurd this would be a good article/gallery to put up. Along with so georgous photos one can really see the imporance of farming on a culture and farming world wide. The gallery of photos is increadible, and with a caption to match each photo you are able to see geographilycly and cultulary where certan foods and plants are produced. This makes me feel  that cultures are all some what connected, the tobbco from your cigretts comes from mexico, and the nice wine that you drink when your out to dinner is from a vineyard in germany. Its a small idea but food is very cultualy influncing 

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 2014 2:09 PM

After reading this article it became apparent the back breaking work that these people have to endure just to stay alive and feed their family. Which is insane when you think about our society today, I dont know about you but I do not farm and do this type of work after I'm done with my school work everyday. In some places in the United States like out west they are used to some of this work but most of us do not make all of our meals and kill them in the same spot. It became apparent how much of a lifestyle this type of work is and the true dedication that people go through for themselves, family, land and economy.

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, March 16, 2016 3:56 PM

 

So few of my students have actual experience working on a farm and being part of the food producing process.  This gallery of 38 photos around the world is a great visual to reinforce how important the harvest is for sustaining life on this planet.  The picture above shows the a Hmong hill tribe woman harvesting a rice terrace field at Mu Cang Chai district, northern Vietnamese province of Yen Bai. The World Bank on Oct. 7 lowered its 2013 growth forecast for East Asian developing countries to 7.1 percent and warned that a prolonged US fiscal crisis could be damaging to the region.

 

Tags: agriculture, food production, landscape, images.

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2017 APHG Professional Development

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"One of the greatest aspects of the APHG reading is the professional networking, collaboration and sharing that happens with this enthusiastic set of high school and college educators.  In addition to the fun evening activities, every year we also hold several professional development activities in the evening."

 

On Tuesday evening, June 6th, we had an incredibly dynamic guest speaker with a gift for making his research relevant to his audience.  Chris McMorran talk was entitled, “Geographies of Home: producing home across scale in Japan and Singapore.”  He generously provided the digital copy of his PPTx slides with his permission to use them in your classrooms (High Resolution with multimedia-70 MB, Medium Resolution with multimedia-57 MB, Low Resolution without multimedia-15 MB). 

On Wednesday evening, June 7th we had our annual "Night of the Round Tables" event.  This event was designed to create a place to share new ideas, pick up lesson plans, discover new resources, and develop strategies for teaching geography.  Presenters had 15 minutes to present.  Below are the digital copies of the presentations and the handouts that they wanted to share:

Amy Potter: Food SecurityStephanie Hoffman: One-Minute Map videoEric Cain: Cultural landscape pictures analysisPenny Anderson: Song Stories Chemical Workers songKim Schiller: Women's Economic Empowerment Lesson PlanAnnette Parkhurst: ARTICLE - Consumption Factor Jared Diamond, ARTICLE - Is farming the root of all evil, ARTICLE - The apple that never browns, ARTICLE -Worst Mistake in Human History, NOTE - Response to Green and Diamond, Taboo-Pictionary Review.Rik Katz: Industrial Revolution Powerpoint!, Industrialization game, Industrialization game & Analysis, industrialization SIM geo analysis, Microsoft PowerPoint - Industrial Revolution Powerpoint!, The Urban Game, Urban Game Instructions PowerPoint, Urban SIM updated 3-16-2017, Urban Game with Analysis.Dan Snyder: Flipped Classrooms in APHGRebecca Roth: Inquiry chart assessment, Inquiry Question Cities, Inquiry Question Cities2, Inquiry Question, Inquiry Question2, Link #1, Link #2, Link #3, Link#4.Leslie Whitlow: Geography of GenderMike Meyer: Vocab Power PyramidAdditional Presenter: Space Shuttle Challenge Lesson PlanRobin Foster: Giant World MapAmy Stalker:  my immigration DBQ, my urban DBQ

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FIRST INDIGENOUS MAP OF ITS KIND; U.S. MAP DISPLAYS “OUR OWN NAMES AND LOCATIONS”

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I lived briefly in the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) where there are a number of resevation and nations throughout the state who were sent there by the US govt. Sad that so many proud nations are now gone 
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The Disturbing History of the Suburbs

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Redlining: the racist housing policy from the Jim Crow era that still affects us today.
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Redlining may be illegal, but is it perpetuated in the suburbs?
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More than 200,000 Kids Are Trying to Escape ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ in Myanmar, UN Says

More than 200,000 Kids Are Trying to Escape ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ in Myanmar, UN Says | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Many have been separated from their families and are making the dangerous journey alone.

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Myanmar and the Rohingya

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In this lesson students learn more about the Rohingya people of Myanmar and the current conflict.
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10 countries that desperately want people to have more sex

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Roughly half the countries around the world experience low fertility rates, and some get pretty creative in how they encourage procreation.

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Population growth and decline provide a paradox. Some contries are pursuing aggressive anti-natalist policies, while others agressively promote pro-natalist policies. 
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Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, September 7, 7:23 AM
Seth Dixon's insight: While many countries have anti-natalist policies (policies to discourage more births), other countries with declining populations have pro-natalist policies in an attempt to increase fertility rates. While not an exhaustive list, this list gives a few more examples that teachers can use to show how countries in stage 4 of the demographic transition are dealing with declining fertility rates. Denmark Russia Japan Romania Singapore South Korea India (Parsis community) Italy Hong Kong Spain
Deanna Wiist's curator insight, September 12, 8:55 PM

While many countries have anti-natalist policies (policies to discourage more births), other countries with declining populations have pro-natalist policies in an attempt to increase fertility rates.  While not an exhaustive list, this list gives a few more examples that teachers can use to show how countries in stage 4 of the demographic transition are dealing with declining fertility rates.  

 

 

Tags: declining populations, population, demographic transition model, modelsunit 2 population. 

Ms. Amanda Fairchild's curator insight, October 16, 1:21 PM
Examples of pro-natalist countries.
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This Map Shows The Literal Meaning Of Every State Name

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Flattened Water. Place of the Small Spring. Milky Water. At first glance, these phrases might look like just a jumble of words, but they’re actually something way cooler: the literal translation of three state names in the United States. Can you guess which ones? Expedia Canada put together this colorful map
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Unit 3. Language and toponyms
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Senators Renew Call to Ratify Law of the Sea Treaty to Help Chart Future of the Arctic - USNI News

Senators Renew Call to Ratify Law of the Sea Treaty to Help Chart Future of the Arctic - USNI News | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Two key senators have renewed a more than 30-year-old United States call to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty in order to have a seat at the table involving the Arctic’s future. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Wednesday by not ratifying the 1982 United Nations …
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Unit 4 Political.  UNCLOS. Laws of the Sea. Thanks Jody Smothers Marcelo 
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Get Your AP Scores Online in July

Reminders and links for finding your AP scores online - SOON!
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It is almost time! Get ready to see your scores. I have enjoyed working with all of you this year. I know you did well.
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Instagram account Everyday Africa tries to change perceptions - BBC News

Instagram account Everyday Africa tries to change perceptions - BBC News | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The photographers trying to change perceptions of Africa.
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'This is death to the family': Japan's fertility crisis is creating economic and social woes never seen before

'This is death to the family': Japan's fertility crisis is creating economic and social woes never seen before | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Shrinking GDP and a falling population are poised to turn Japan into what economists call a "demographic time bomb," and other countries could be next.

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, June 20, 10:34 PM

Preliminary HSc - Global challenges: Population

Deanna Wiist's curator insight, September 12, 9:01 PM

The article headline is quite click-baity, but there is some real substance to this article.  The graphs are especially useful to teach concepts such as population momentum and the age-dependency ratio. These were the key parts of the article that caught my eye:

  • An aging population will mean higher costs for the government, a shortage of pension and social security-type funds, a shortage of people to care for the very aged, slow economic growth, and a shortage of young workers.
  • Following feminism's slow build in Japan since the 1970s, today's workers strive for equality between the sexes, something Japan's pyramid-style corporate structure just isn't built for. That's because institutional knowledge is viewed as a big deal in Japan.
  • The elderly now make up 27% of Japan's population. In the US, the rate is only 15%. Experts predict the ratio in Japan could rise to 40% by 2050. With that comes rising social-security costs, which the shrinking younger generations are expected to bear.
  • To make up for an aging population and aversion toward immigrant work, Japan's tech sector has stepped up its efforts in robotics and artificial intelligence.

Tags: culture, genderlabor, populationmigration, JapanEast Asia.

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unit 2 article 1              2

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Enclaves & Exclaves

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A tour of the world's engulfed and orphaned places.
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Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, October 17, 10:02 AM
Do you know the differences?
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Ever sat on a beach and wondered what’s across the ocean? It may not be what you think.

Ever sat on a beach and wondered what’s across the ocean? It may not be what you think. | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Have you ever sat on a beach and wondered what’s across the ocean? If you think you can figure out the answer just by looking at a map, read on. You may be surprised. I was. To ask the question more concretely, what’s across the ocean from New York? It doesn’t really matter which beach […]
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The why of where! Sometimes our global perspective is way off. The world is NOT flat! Pilots (air and sea), and geographers know the Great Circle routes are the "straight line" routes of our sperical earth. 
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The Ruins of a Retail Meltdown Become Unlikely Hotbeds of Gentrification

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While its shuttered department stores cause headaches around the U.S., Sears’s massive 1920s warehouses represent a triumph of post-industrial urbanism.
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From 1920 catalog warehouses to post industrial gentrification, Sears is still changing the urban landscape. 
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Which Countries Have Shrinking Populations?


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 28, 4:02 PM

This video explores some of the impacts of a declining population on a country (for example, a smaller workforce, economic decline, and growing public debt).  Eastern Europe as a region is used as the principle example and the countries of Bulgaria, Moldova, and Japan are highlighted. 

 

Tags: declining populations, population, demographic transition model, models, migration, Bulgaria, Moldova, Japan.

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Faces of the world's extreme poor

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Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renée Byer has spent years capturing stories of those living in poverty, for a new traveling photo exhibit, "Living on a Dollar a Day"

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Why Don’t We All Speak the Same Language?

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There are 7,000 languages spoken on Earth. What are the costs — and benefits — of our modern-day Tower of Babel?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 21, 10:40 AM

These two podcasts are great mainstream looks at issues that filled with cultural geography content.  So many languages on Earth is clearly inefficient (the EU spends $1 billion per year on translation), and yet, linguistic diversity is such a rich part of humanity's cultural heritage.  Listen to the first episode, Why Don't We All Speak the Same Language? as well as the follow-up episode, What Would Be the Best Universal Language?

 

Tags: languagecultureworldwide, English, regions, diffusiontechnology.

Andrew Kahn's curator insight, November 4, 8:13 PM
Culture speaks louder than words
 
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'They're Scared': Immigration Fears Exacerbate Migrant Farmworker Shortage

'They're Scared': Immigration Fears Exacerbate Migrant Farmworker Shortage | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Some growers say that President Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric has made a chronic worker shortage even worse.
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Unit 2 Migration & Unit 5 Agriculture. Perspective on immigration laws and quotas. 
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Older millennials are leaving the city for a new kind of suburb

Older millennials are leaving the city for a new kind of suburb | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Older millennials are ditching the city for a new kind of suburb that offers the convenience of high-quality grocery stores and boutique fitness centers without the hustle and bustle of urban life.
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Grit: The power of passion and perseverance

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Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
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Residue (Shape of You Parody)

Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat: @petefarmbros http://www.facebook.com/petersonfarmbros http://www.petersonfarmbros.com CLICK HERE TO WATCH ALL OF OU
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The Peterson Brothers have a number of musical parodies related to farming. They are a fun way to introduce students to life on a farm.
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Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away

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Researchers Pam Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer found that students remember more via taking notes longhand rather than on a laptop. It has to do with what happens when you're forced to slow down.
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Not knocking tech, but want to recognize the pros and cons. 
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2017 APHG Test Debrief

"All the tweets regarding the 2017 APHG exam from the official social media outlet of College Board, Trevor Packer, Vice President of Advanced Placement."


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More Than Half the World's Population Lives Inside This Circle

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In this week's Maphead, Ken Jennings explores Valeriepieris circle, a 2,500-mile radius in Asia that contains half the world's humans.
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Where does the vast majority of the world's population live? ASIA!! Population unit. 
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Mr Mac's curator insight, June 14, 11:57 PM
Unit 2 - Population Centers 
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Population Concentrations

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Where We Came From and Where We Went, State by State

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Updated charts now show two views: where people who live in each state were born, and where people who were born in a state moved to.
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Interesting for Unit 2 migration
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Mr Mac's curator insight, June 13, 10:14 AM
Unit 2 - Interregional and Intraregional Migration
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