the Virtual Workshop for Geography and Diverse Learners
The Arizona Geographic Alliance Virtual Workshop for Geography and
Diverse Learners (ELLs) provides the opportunity for educators to learn
about teaching geography without having to leave their computer
desks. Modeled on our actual teacher workshops, the new online
resources offer a virtual workshop on 10 strategies that are effective
when teaching geography to diverse learners. Each segment
begins with a short introduction by Dr. Elizabeth Hinde stating which
strategy will be the focus of this segment. Dr. Margarita
Jimenez-Silva then relates the educational research that confirms using
this strategy will promote learning. Co-coordinator, Gale Olp
Ekiss then uses one of the 85 GeoLiteracy lessons as an example of how
to apply this strategy in teaching geography. The final
portion of the virtual workshop is a link to the lesson plan and any
anxillary materials needed to teach the lesson.
The strategies featured in the virtual workshop are:
- Building Background Knowledge
- Creating Big Books
- Highlighting Important Concepts with Color
- Providing Alternative Assessment
- Using Enhanced Murals
- Condensing to 10 Important Sentences
- Dispelling Myths about ELLs
- Incorporating Graphic Organizers
- Scaffolding Language Through Vocabulary Cards
- Utilizing Sentence and Paragraph Frames
The delivery system for most of the virtual workshop is through the use
of voiced-over power points. The interested educator can select
the links they wish to explore and listen to, as well as view, the
contents of the presentations. Since each segment has four
separate links, educators can skip about as their needs permit.
To view all 3 voiced-over power points of each strategy and print
off the lesson plan would take approximately 10 minutes.
Therefore, it is predicted that to view all of the presentations for
the 10 strategies would take an educator about 2 hours.
Districts and schools interested in face-to-face training in the GeoLiteracy
Program or in teaching English Langauge Learners through geography
This virtual workshop was supported by a grant from the National
Geographic Education Foundation.