On this page, we list
untested ideas for teaching and learning. We encourage Atlas users
to submit new ideas
presentations: Ask each student
to sign up to make a brief presentation on one theme or presentation
at the beginning of each class. Summarize the main trends,
discuss its significance, and explore alternative interpretations
of those trends. Encourage students
to cite specific examples of countries with high, low or unusual
Instead of asking students to read or report on a map, assign them
the task of tracking down the primary data from which it was constructed.
They can find updates or variations on the map, or provide a more
detailed or disaggregated set of data for one region or for one
mural: Ask students to bring
in images clipped from magazines or websites representing different
groups, poor as well as rich, in a particular region or country.
These can be used to assemble a wall chart or mural creating a visual
image of the global distribution of income or life expectancy.
ideas are based on suggestions in The Ultimate Field Guide to the
US Economy www.fguide.org: