Mapping the World by Heart
About the Creator
David J. Smith is a classroom teacher with over 25 years' experience teaching English, Geography, and Social Studies in grades 4-12. He achieved recognition for his unique method of teaching seventh graders to draw maps of the entire world from memory, published as the highly successful curriculum, Mapping the World by Heart. In 1992, Smith won the U.S. Department of Education's "A+ For Breaking The Mold" Award for this work. Since 1992, he has been a full-time consultant, providing lectures and workshops on geography and global issues, and on IT issues, to teachers, parents, student groups, and others in the United States, Europe, Africa, South America, Australia, and Asia.
Time Magazine, NBC's Today Show, the Los Angeles Times, and the Associated Press, among others, have acknowledged Smith and the success of his curriculum. Besides the curriculum, Smith has written articles for the New York Times' Education Life section, The International Educator, The World Paper, NESA Notes, and Independent School Bulletin. He has written five other books, including If The World Were A Village, which was published in March, 2002, by Kids Can Press in Toronto. The CEESA Web-Site Manual and Emergency Procedures Handbook for International Schools were published respectively in 1998 and 2003 by the U.S. State Department. The sequel to If The World Were A Village, entitled If America Were A Village, was published in August, 2009. His newest book, This Child, Every Child: A Book About the World's Children, will be published early in 2011, also by Kids Can Press.
Besides book visits and assemblies, David offers consultation services, workshops, and platform presentations on geography and global awareness for schools and professional organizations.
David was born in the United States, but is a permanent resident of Canada; he and his wife live in North Vancouver, BC.