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Debbie Lange,
NSF Teaching Partner

NSF GK-12 Project: Texas A&M University
Advancing Geospatial Skills in Science and Social Science
URL: http://agsss.tamu.edu

Partner School: A&M Consolidated High School,
College Station, TX

Degree: B.S., Education and Curriculum, Texas A&M
M.S., Geography, Texas A&M

Years Teaching: 24



Special Accomplishments/Interests
Academic U.I.L. Coach for the Current Issues and Events Team and the Social Studies Team
National Development Committee for AP Human Geography, 1998-2002
National Council for Education Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award, 1991
National Teacher of the Year Nominee for A&M Consolidated High School, 1991 and 1992

How will you continue to integrate an aspect of GK-12 and your partnership with graduate students into your teaching, philosophy, etc.?
This has been a very positive experience. Having the fellows and professors helping us to develop lessons for our World Geography and AP Human Geography classes and having them in the classroom has been a great opportunity for us. We will continue to use the lessons that have been developed. We will also take the knowledge that we have gained to develop additional lessons. It has been very evident that our students have benefited from the partnership, and I hope to continue that partnership in the future.

How has the GK-12 experience changed you, and how has your participation changes the GK-12 project?
While the project has not changed my approach to teaching, it has reinforced the knowledge that students need to have maps and stimulus materials in front of them at all times. How can they develop a sense of space and knowledge of location if they are not exposed to maps, charts, tables, etc. and the terminology used to describe distributions? Working with the fellows and professors from TAMU has helped to bring some of the most up-to-date technology into the classroom. This has helped to gain the studentís attention. And they have begun to think spatially. My hope is that the flip charts and placemats that we developed will be useful, not only for us in the computer lab, but as a model for additional GK-12 projects.



Profile date: July 2007
 
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