As the world is humongous planet filled with plenty of land and water, there are many places for civilizations to develop at. Unfortunately, for one to remember so much facts can be a very taxing task, especially for teenagers who cannot find the relevance of studying the subject with their lives. Fortunately, there are actually ways one can make teaching Geography interesting so that students will enjoy putting their effort into studying this subject.
Places with Stories
Make your Geography class a story-telling class instead. Students are more likely to listen to stories instead of boring facts. Let them connect the stories to the places. You can be the story-teller or make it a class activity where students will take the lead to research and tell the stories. You can have a best story-teller reward (based on accuracy and depth of research) to make students more enthusiastic to participate in the activity.
Try to attain local films from different locations that you want your students to learn about. The good thing about watching films is that you are not only being entertained by the story it has to tell, but the setting represents the environment of the location you are studying about. Of course, you should always watch the films to make sure they are suitable for your students first.
World Map Project
Conduct a class project where students can get into groups to come up with the most creative world map. Let them use recyclable items like empty old newspapers, plastic bottles, tins, and so on. Make sure they label the countries or regions correctly, and let them present the project with other members of the class.
Instead of having a normal class session, find for Geography games relevant to the topic of the day’s lesson. Instead of holding quizzes at the end of the day, make the game a part of the lesson because an exciting lesson sticks to a student better than being tested after a boring lesson. The more interactive the subject is the better. For example, if you are teaching about different locations of the world, you can draw a map on the floor using chalk and let them navigate themselves to the correct destinations as you call out a destination.
All in all, it takes more than passion to teach Geography – you will also need to be creative with your lessons so that you can share your passion with your students too.
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