The Power of Place

Girl pointing to mapOften, when students are given an assignment to complete, whether responding to literature, researching another culture, performing a science experiment, or practicing calculations, they gloss over the power of place. What’s so special about a location?

Quite a bit, actually.

Having a firm grasp of location brings a great deal of context to all manner of content. When a student, a teacher–anyone really–has a solid understanding of where an event, idea, or process originated or a particular person or group of people came to prominence, the likelihood of engaging, memorable learning increases significantly. The power of place includes (but is certainly not limited to):

  • knowing more about the setting of a story
  • where an author lived or traveled
  • the site of a famous scientific investigation
  • a location where a student executed experiment is take place
  • where a famous mathematical equation first appeared
  • where a society began, flourished, or encountered the beginning of its end
  • a place that is yet to be

Even when when teachers and pupils think they know a place very well, there’s always more to the story.

Related Resources: What digital tools and resources might teachers and students use to enrich what they know about a place? Take a journey through the following and see what you discover. :-)