It's nice to meet you.
Here's a little exercise I use that might interest you:
My classes are grouped into cooperative base teams. As they learn about
cuture, nationhood, sovereignty, etc., I allow them to become nation
states, complete with names, forms of gov't, flags, currency, etc. One of
the first things I do is have them map their location, from their
perspective. Using the floor tiles as grid lines, I create a prime
meridian and an equator. The outermost legs of each desk represent their
national boundaries, and the team leaders' desks represent the capital
cities. At first, they have a heckuva time figuring out how to plot
latitude/longitude, how to make maps to scale, etc (Yes, even 11th
graders!). But, after awhile, they are able to produce pretty good work.
They learn that every nation tends to see the world from its own
perspective and, by using various methods, I teach them how cultures,
conflict, etc. develop. it's quite an effective tool for me. have you
ever done anything like that?
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