Thursday, 24 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Isle of Islay – Iain Banks' "Espedair Street", Ferguslie Park, Paisley
London – "Bone People" – Kerry Hulme
Bedfordshire – "Waterland" – Graham Swift - description of the Fens
Newcastle – Wainwright’s Guides to SW Lakes
Portsmouth – "Touching the Void" – Joe Simpson – mountain landscapes
Sheffield – "Jamaica Inn" – Daphne du Maurier – moorland in Cornwall
W. Midlands – "Sunset Song" – Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Brighton – Sebastian Faulks – "Birdsong" and "Charlotte Gray"
Ipswich – "Around Ireland with a Fridge"
Ashford, Kent – Paul Theroux – "The Great Railway Bazaar"
Scotland - "The Lord of the Rings"
On the same morning, David Rogers was using John Davitt's Learning Event Generator to work with students on the Copenhagen Climage change conference, and challenged them to create some Army chats, which he then shared through Twitpic...
Friday, 4 December 2009
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
There are two events planned for March. For more details see the GA WEBSITE.
Booking now available...
Aims and outcomes
Quality Geography: Challenging and supporting student learning
Leszek Iwaskow, Ofsted's National Adviser for Geography
10:15-10:30 Refreshment break
Friday, 27 November 2009
Details of the Geographical Association's first Post 16 National Conference are now on the GA website.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
Thursday, 12 November 2009
The GA Conference programme for 2010 has now been finalised by Lucy Oxley, and is available to download in various formats from the GA CONFERENCE area of the website.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
On Friday this week, I had the chance to travel up part of the Northumberland coast as part of my journey north to Edinburgh with a car full of GA materials.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Journey Journal is a rather wonderful book for upper secondary / lower secondary age pupils.
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Also broke a tooth earlier, and waiting for the inevitable throb of pain - fingers crossed it's OK at the moment, but my proposed travels for this week are shown below, so not sure how I'll fit in a trip to the dentist :(
Friday, 9 October 2009
She quoted that 65% of students say they still copy off the board. I also found this quote in an earlier article that she wrote.
Education in the state system in England is a 19th century folly. It has been moulded by an arcane set of rules and concepts that have no evidence base and certainly very little proof of success. It was based on schools producing canon fodder for the world wars and manual labour, in the main, for the mines and factories. Sitting in a classroom for an hour writing down what the teacher says, mute and unquestioning, does not work with the grain of most boys' temperament – and it's not all that appealing to girls either. It's also no preparation for the modern, fast paced, constantly changing world.
What's required instead, is problem solving and collaborative learning; pupils asking questions, encouraged to bring their life outside the class into school – skills with computers and the internet for instance, work to keep their curiosity alive. More genuine participation; more mixed ability; a better focus on the individual child so no one drops behind, their lack of progress camouflaged by the ridiculous notion that in education, "one size fits all". It's happening in a growing number of schools but this change goes uncelebrated because of the dictatorship of the DCSF, fearful of educational "mavericks".
- They personally own 8 devices (including MP3 player, PC, TV, DVD player, mobile phone, stereo, games console, and digital camera)
- They frequently conduct over 5 activities whilst watching TV
- 25% of them agree that “I’d rather stay at home than go on a holiday with no internet or phone access”
- A quarter of young people interviewed text or IM (instant message) friends they are physically with at the time
- They have on average 123 friends on their social network spaces
- And the first thing the majority of them do when they get home is turn on their PC
If you haven't already picked up on this from previous blog posts, Rick Cope over at GeoPacks has been posting a monthly free resource to the website HERE.
These are all high quality resources, and well worth downloading. Registration with name and an e-mail is required.
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
A conference for level 3 students of Geography, Humanities, Sociology and Health Studies.
Danny Dorling and colleagues John Pritchard and Dan Vickers from SASI were present, and presented on the issue of Social Inequality, using images from WORLDMAPPER and talking about their work.
Friday, 18 September 2009
And followed shortly after by a TWITTER template, also produced by the inimitable Tony...
UPDATE: Here is some fantastic work by Year 9 students from Seaford Head Community College, who used the idea in their Geography lessons with Miss Smith. I love these. Thanks for sharing. I'd love to see some other examples...
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Thursday, 10 September 2009
This year, in addition to the usual maps, stickers, map skills guide etc. there will be a 12 page booklet produced with Natural England.
Natural England website now has all the resources.
You can read about the scheme, and the booklet, which is called "The language of landscape" is available to download as a PDF.
The booklet is accompanied by a series of other PDF downloads to support the activities, which could contribute up to 4 lessons to a Year 7 Scheme of Work, such as these fab ACTIVITY CARDS (PDF download)Thanks to Mark Jones and Val Vannet, and also to Ian Gilbert for inspiration for part of this resource. Those credits didn't make it into the final document...
If you use this, please let me know what you thought of it, how it went, whether you invented some other activities etc.
The first is an opportunity to win an original architectural drawing for your school.
Teachers need to submit a lesson idea that uses a building or a place.
Win an original architectural drawing
September sees CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) mark its 10th birthday, to celebrate, we're inviting all teachers to submit a lesson idea that uses a building or place. The most inspiring idea will win a framed signed drawing from a renowned architectural practice for their school. Visit www.engagingplaces.org.uk/news/art71140 to enter by Friday 16 October 2009.
The second opportunity is related to grants.
The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) is offering six grants of up to £1,500 to schools in England to offer exemplary learning experiences inspired by the built environment. The education grants are available through a competitive application process and fund projects that take place between December 2009 and 31 March 2010. For full details on the application process, categories and previously funded projects please visit: www.cabe.org.uk/educationgrants
Both of these have a strong geographical theme, and it would be good to see a NING user being awarded some of the available money.
Monday, 7 September 2009
Friday, 4 September 2009
The GA web team: Anne Greaves and Ben Major, have been working away for months with designers Ledgard Jepson on a new website for the Geographical Association, and it is now live, after several weeks of beta testing and tweaking. Visit the GA URL http://www.geography.org.uk to see the new site.
The site looks a lot brighter, clearer and easier to navigate, and uses more of the screen’s width. Thanks to a major effort on tagging the resources, it is also easier to find things using the ‘Search’ function if they are not immediately obvious from the home page, and a new ‘Resource Finder’ should help you find something appropriate to the key stage and topic that you are interested in quickly, or items written by a particular author.
A one page user guide to the new site and how it’s laid out can be downloaded by following the link (PDF download): http://www.geography.org.uk/download/GA_NewWebsiteGuide.pdf
Members can also bookmark their most useful sections of the website on their own personal homepage. Logging in to the site will provide members with details about their account, and allow access to the journals which you subscribe to.
There are plenty of new items in the shop, which are displayed in a scrolling window, which will also suggest items that might be of relevance to you if you login.
News is easier to find, and has all been updated.
If you are not already a GA member, this is a good time to join and take advantage of the many membership benefits.
The website is also home to all the resources supporting the GA’s manifesto for school geography “a different view”.
Download the latest GA MAGAZINE from the site now
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Schools will receive letters in September relating to the scheme. As in previous years, schools can claim a free OS Explorer 1: 25 000 map for each 11 year old pupil.
This year, schools will also receive 2 copies of a booklet called "The Language of Landscapes" along with the maps, produced in assocation with Natural England and the Geographical Association.
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Tony himself suggests producing one for Old Harry: an extension of the classic - "Old Harry: This is your Life" idea....
- The area / street the students live in
- A new migrant arriving in the UK
- Teenager in Kenya
- Resident of Dubai
- Young person on Baffin Island
- Mt. Vesuvius
Could also use it as a context for teaching about e-safety
There's an event planned for the 23rd of October in Sheffield which you might find useful.
It's being organised by the Prince's Teaching Institute, in association with the Geographical Association and the Fuchs Foundation.
It includes a keynote by Professor David Lambert.
Full details are available HERE.
WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE has a very useful section written by Professor David Lambert, which provides an excellent summary of the appropriate links between geography and identity.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Now has the ability to add videos
Here's a quick video I put together to try it out...
Now when people ask me at CPD sessions "can you put videos into Animoto" I can say, "Yes, yes you can...."
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
Monday, 3 August 2009
Two recent articles which dropped into my Twitter feed were produced by Teaching Expertise. If you are on Twitter you may wish to follow @teachexpertise
The first article was on transition and in particular on support for autistic spectrum pupils on the theme of tasks and moving from one room / task / year / school / teacher to another...
This geographical dislocation is often a source of concern for students, and the advice given in this article seemed to me to be very sensible, and worth passing on to secondary colleagues in particular.
“I dream of a world where learning is as important as shopping.”
"Stress kills learning"
There was a tremendous variety of work, plenty of innovation evident, and a host of excellent student projects which show that new geography is very much 'living'...
We are putting together additional guidance for schools who are thinking of undertaking the collection of evidence for the portfolio, and appreciate the many hours necessary to complete this appropriately.
The Secondary Geography Quality Mark is really becoming embedded as a framework for departmental self-evaluation, which is backed up by a focus on quality geography and carefully moderated.
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
After two years, the final proofs have been checked, and the book "Look at it this Way" is in the final stages and should be in stock for the start of the new Autumn term (early October at the latest: it has to come from China...)
- further weblinks on the theme of landscapes
- further images of landscapes for use in the classroom
- some 'out-takes' that didn't make the final textbook
- further ideas for developing the lesson ideas in the book