Summit teacher shares Iceland educational study in blog

Summit teacher shares Iceland educational study in blog

A scene of Iceland's scenic coastline. Photo Courtesy of Hannah Krone '11.

Upper School social studies teacher Tracy Law '85 Ph.D. is participating in the National Council for Geographic Education’s GeoCamp Iceland program this summer.

Dr. Law has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Virginia and teaches Advanced Placement Human Geography, Honors World Issues and Advanced Placement Psychology at The Summit. At GeoCamp Iceland, she joins 24 other educators, ranging from college professors to primary school teachers, in the educational project which emphasizes active learning and fieldwork in exploring Iceland’s changing landscapes and diverse environments. 

The GeoCamp Iceland study tour, from July 8-17, includes a visit to the Viking Museum in Reykjanesbaer, an overview of culture and leisure in Reykjavik, a review of geology and energy at the Reykjanes Penisula, and exploration of geology and geography in South Iceland including a visit to Skaftafell National Park glacier lagoon, nature and geology on the southeast coast, the Westman Islands, Thingvellir National Park and Blue Lagoon.  

“I grew up with the yellow covers, the photos, and the stories of National Geographic, envisioning my own exploration of our world and its inhabitants,” says Dr. Law. “In the classroom, storytelling from personal experience is key to sparking a passion for travel and global citizenry in others. There are nuances to understanding the experience and value of diverse cultures that simply cannot be read in a textbook.”

Iceland’s has a complex human-environment relationship in terms of settlements, economics and overall history, she says. This study tour will allow her to study in depth how Iceland’s physical isolation and unique geography contributed to its culture, language development and unique “sense of place?”  “Where else in the world can I, in a matter of hours, experience waterfalls, green rolling hills, geysers, geothermal pools, volcanoes and glaciers?” she asks in the first in a series of daily blogs from Iceland. Read her “International Law: Geocamp Iceland” blog  www.summitcds.org/upperschool/international-law.