WIGA Blog

Welcome to our blog! Our blog serves multiple purposes. First, and most important, are the regular blogs written by WIGA members. The first is Lauren’s Lessons, written by Lauren Mittermann. The second is Mascot Mania, written by Carlo Kumpula. Third is Billy’s Blog about the travels of Billy Langford. There is also a section for pages from our workshops and institutes. These pages host a variety of resources that participants and non-participants may find useful after a workshop. Professional development opportunities from other like-minded organizations will be posted in the Professional Development blog. In addition to these regular features, there will be periodic “uncategorized” blogs with special announcements, stories or anything else “uncategorized.”

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AP Human Geography

AP Blog – Watch ESPN

WATCH ESPN! For those sports-minded students in my APHG classroom this always gets their attention. There are many ways to introduce ESPN charts into your classroom. Some use these charts to introduce students to new concepts or regions and others […]

AP Blog – Winning the Free Response Questions

Winning The Free Response Questions (by Matt Ortloff, Greenfield High School mortloff@greenfield.k12.wi.us) It is just about the time in the school year that students should be starting to practice FRQs. This school year I based my PPG and SLO on […]

Immigration and The Political Campaign

Immigration and the Political Campaign One of the reasons I love teaching AP Human Geography is because of the ties to current events and relevance of the material. The Presidential Election provides a nice opportunity for students to see the […]

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Billy’s Blog

Billy’s Blog – Naked Hippies on Hawaii’s Na Pali Coast

Naked Hippies on Hawaii’s Na Pali Coast So back to finish off Hawaii. The Na Pali Coast is truly a world wonder, with Kalalau Beach being the gem. This is coming from a guy who has spent a lot of time […]

Billy’s Blog – Hitchhiking With Rodger

Hitchhiking With Rodger   I know, I know – hitchhiking is dangerous and you shouldn’t do it. Blah, Blah, Blah. I am not sitting here condoning hitchhiking; however, I have done it in many places and several countries and yet […]

Billy’s Blog – Kauai The Hidden Gem

Kauai – The Hidden Gem “Come to Oahu” they say. “Go to Maui” they say. For some reason most people forget about Kauai but maybe that’s what makes it stay so great. Perhaps it’s the lack of throngs of people […]

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Laurens Lessons

Lauren’s Lessons – Starting Them Off Right

Starting Them Off Right I loved teaching Middle School Social Studies … but since my retirement, I’ve had a special interest in working with younger students. This is certainly a direct result of being “Mimi” to seven grandchildren … (ages […]

Lauren’s Lessons – Stereotypes, Dignity and Voice

Stereotypes, Dignity and Voice I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I miss lesson planning.  You can take the teacher out of the classroom, but you can’t take the classroom out of the teacher, I guess! Though I am enjoying my […]

Lauren’s Lessons – Car Wash

Geography Lesson starts at the Car Wash Spend time with high school students and the conversation will quickly move to cars. Saving for a car, choosing a car, getting a license, taking the permit test, insurance …. having a car […]

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Mascot Mania

Mascot Mania – April 2017

Mascot Mania – April Horicon “Marshmen” (WI) – At 32,000 acres, Horicon Marsh is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States. Divided into the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife area and the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, the marsh serves […]

Mascot Mania – March

Mascot Mania – March Oostburg “Flying Dutchmen” (WI) – Settled by Dutch immigrants, the town is named for a city in the Netherlands. Oostburg still has many reminders of its early settlers, including miniature windmills and tulip gardens.     […]

Mascot Mania – February

Mascot Mania – February Pulaski “Red Raiders” (WI) – The village of Pulaski was named after Count Casimir Pulaski, a native of Poland who fought with General George Washington during the Revolutionary War and became known as the Father of […]

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Professional Development

Global Exploration for Educators Organization

Global Exploration for Educators Organization Travel the world affordably, earn professional development credit, and bring global understanding into your classroom!  Founded in 2007, Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 1600 teachers abroad on […]

Population Education Spring 2017

Population Education Spring 2017 Earn professional development hours or university credit with Population Education this spring! Population Education, in partnership with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is excited to announce that registration is open for our spring 2017 online professional […]

Uncategorized

Story Maps on eNet Learning

Story Maps on eNet Learning If you are interested in exploring, along with fellow educators, how to use and build multimedia maps to teach core science and geography themes (population change, plate tectonics, water resources, ecoregions, energy, natural hazards, oceans, […]

My Passion For Geography

My Passion For Geography “The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s […]

March Madness and Geography

March Madness and Geography March Madness… For most teachers this refers to the struggle to “keep it together” until spring break. For the rest of the nation, however, this is the month everyone seems to be a basketball fan. The […]

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Wall of Fame

Senator Robert Jauch

Senator Robert Jauch, former Democratic member of the Wisconsin Senate, representing the 25th District from 1987 to 2015 was a champion of Geography. The Wisconsin Geographic Alliance (WIGA), which for its first decade-plus operated with a match of annual State […]

Jim Ott Wall of Fame

Jim Ott is recognized for attending the 2014 Geofest conference.

Janis Ringhand Wall of Fame

Senator Janis Ringhand is honored for attending the 2015 Traveling Geography Show.

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WI American Indian Studies

Wisconsin First Nations Website Launched

First Nations Website Launched The recently launched WisconsinFirstNations.org website provides educators with accurate and authentic educational materials for teaching and learning of American Indian Studies in Wisconsin. The website invites educators to explore the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of […]

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Workshops

Geofest 2017

Geofest 2017 Welcome back for another year of Geofest! On this page you will find all the materials for the day, including a schedule of events (click for document). Get interactive with other participants by Tweeting using the hashtag #geofest. Don’t […]

Geofest 2016

Geofest 2016 Welcome back for another year of Geofest! On this page you will find all the materials for the day, including a schedule of events (click for document). Get interactive with other participants by Tweeting using the hashtag #geofest. Don’t […]

Library of Congress for Badgers

Library of Congress for Badgers Thank you for coming to the Library of Congress for Badgers: Maps and Images as Primary Sources institute! This Institute is sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Midwest Region […]

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