“Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the geography of the interdependent world in which we live - - local, national, global - including the distribution of people, places, and environments over the Earth's surface”
Universal Appeal and Application Developed primarily as a tool for teaching for teaching 4th Grade mandated curriculum, Mapzzles ® readily demonstrated universal appeal and application to facilitative teaching and self-directed learning regardless of the age, grade, subject matter, learning style, developmental ability or motivation of the learner.
Classroom, Office and Home - Colorful regional map-puzzles including that of Long Island’s thirteen towns and local municipalities - Constructed of durable chipboard containing 108 pieces assembled in less than thirty minutes - Hands-on intergenerational geographic teaching tools and conversation starters – Providing an engaging alternative to passive television viewing habits A Team-Building morale booster to improve employee performance - A Montessori style manipulative engaging active minds and bodies at all ages - Self Esteem Builders and aid to memory used in rehabilitation - Beneficial for persons in OT or classified as early Alzheimer’s - A fun activity for regional Long Island puzzlers and lifelong learners whether in the classroom, in the office or at home.
The United States of Amnesia The lessons of history are often costly. Debbie Meier’s reference to the inclination of most American’s to forget the past is telling. According to National Geographic's May 2006 Roper Survey and Report most young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 demonstrate limited understanding of the world and place insufficient importance on basic geographic skills that might otherwise enhance their knowledge. They appear to be dreadfully unprepared for an increasingly global American future.
Closing the Gap One of only five National Education Goals adopted by the first President Bush and our Nations Governors in 1990 was “Closing the Geography Gap”. New York’s Fundamental Principals of ‘Goals 2000’ and the “New Compact for Learning’ targeted several principal’s to which we remain committed. At or near the bottom of comparative geography test scores U.S. students are by no means unique in their lack of preparation for the future. In our country ignorance of geography costs us millions of dollars every year in faulty judgments about space and place. It’s about time we stepped up to changing the mind maps sabotaging young peoples geographic performance. We have committed ourselves to those principles that insist - All Children Can Learn, Aim for Mastery, Focus on Results.
Brain Compatibility These brain compatible learning tools facilitate the teaching of geography, map reading, visual literacy, pattern recognition and emotional intelligence. In our age of high tech, Mapzzles®, are an accessible low tech means of effecting brain cell growth, positive self-image, participation equity and authentic assessment.
Declining EQ: Author Daniel Goleman (Working with Emotional Intelligence), reports that the average intelligence quotient (IQ) in the U.S. has risen 24 points since 1918 while in the last quarter of the 20th century young people six to sixteen years of age show steady decline in their emotional quotient (EQ). * Similarly during the same period observations made worldwide confirm those findings. Mapzzles ® grows spatial (non-verbal) and emotional intelligence. The emphasis placed upon cooperation and collaboration in our problem solving approach to spatial solutions enables people to enhance their ability to see the world accurately and to negotiate their way through it.
Hey Kids! We’ve Shrunk the Planet! You've heard the saying, "children should be seen and not heard"? It came from a generation when children were expected to ‘know their place’. Today, common sense demands that all children "know their location" and how to make their presence felt and their feelings known to their parents, teachers and significant others. Why? - Because in the space of a single life time, and the advent of the Information Age, changes in technology, climate, and the pressing need for disaster preparedness training - we've shrunk the planet!
* Emotional Intelligence has been defined as the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotion in ourselves and in our primary relationships
A cooperative effort of young visitors to the Queens Museum of Art piecing together Mapzzles "A City of Neighborhoods," at the Maporama 2000 Exposition.