Introducing #geogshare

A rare blog post…

A New Year brings with it new challenges and opportunities. 2016 brings new specifications for GCSE and ‘A’ level first teaching, alongside the last year of the existing specifications. The creation of resources for these new specifications will result in thousands of teachers duplicating effort. Local and world events will inevitably take place, which will stimulate teachers into producing resources to help students understand them.

Following a Twitter discussion between a number of teachers we believe we can share our resources to reduce this duplication, Alan Parkinson has come up with a range of ways to contribute to a new initiative called #geogshare which mirrors similar projects run by other subject teacher communities.

There are (at least) three ways that you can get involved in #geogshare.

(1) Twitter / Blogs

Post a link to a resource, or a blogpost where a resource has been shared

Use the hashtag #geogshare when you post it, so that a search will bring it up, and they can also be storified from week to week, and shared here.

(2) Drag and drop a resource or two into the box on this page:

https://dropitto.me/GeoBlogs

You’ll need the password, please email, or Twitter, DM myself or Alan.

This will send your resources automatically to the 3rd (and perhaps the preferred and most sustainable) option.

(3) A GEOGRAPHY DROPBOX has been set up at:

https://www.dropbox.com/home/GEOGRAPHYDROPBOX

E-mail myself or Alan, or DM on Twitter to be added to this

This will give you access to the folder, and the ability to edit and add materials, as well as download copies for yourself.

You will find a series of folders, which you can place materials into to help organisation.

There is a link to a Google Doc, which can also be viewed here

https://goo.gl/N7n1UM where you can place details of the resources that you are adding, which will allow you to search for relevant resources as the Dropbox (hopefully) starts to fill up.

We would like to suggest that you post one resource a month, but feel free to post more frequently (perhaps once a week) if you feel able.

Perhaps you could add ‘contribute to #geogshare’ to your New Years resolutions.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with.

(Thanks Alan for sorting the mechanics.)

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Last minute revision pack- Paper.2

Panicking about Paper.2 (WJEC A Geography) on Wednesday, you might find this last minute revision pack pack useful…

Resource Download Link
A3 topic summary revision sheets pdf
Confidence checklist doc
Frequently asked extended questions doc
Can you draw? doc
Remember you also have extended case study notes, but it difficult to try and remember all the content. It is best to remember the ‘gist’ of a case study and apply it to a question. Try and remember three specific facts to help illustrate your answers.
 
Remember you only need to revise and answer questions on these topics…
 
Coasts, Tourism and Ecosystems (Living Things).
 
Good luck.
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Last minute panic revision pack…

Panicking about Paper.1 (WJEC A Geography) on Tuesday, you might find this last minute revision pack pack useful…

Resource Download Link
A3 topic summary revision sheets pdf
Confidence checklist doc
Frequently asked extended questions doc
Can you draw? doc
Three Facts a lesson ppt
Remember you also have extended case study notes, but it difficult to try and remember all the content. It is best to remember the ‘gist’ of a case study and apply it to a question. Try and remember three specific facts to help illustrate your answers.
 
Remember you only need to revise
 
Rivers, Tectonics, Climate Change, Population, Development and Globalisation.
 
Good luck.
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‘Stock’ geography lessons: part.2

Following on from part.1, here are my  favourite lessons/activities. No particular order or topic. I’m sure I’ve missed ideas.

Capture

Minigeogs – a creation of Alan Parkinson (@Geoblogs), great creative homework task.

Top Trumps– brilliant strategy for a range of topics, I tend to use them as an opportunity to explore the level of a country’s development.

Interactive location games– great for the first few minutes of a lesson if you have change over.  Try Sheppard Software or Traveller I.Q. Challenge.

Read More »

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‘Stock’ geography lessons: Part 1

I think after a couple of years everyone has the ‘stock’ lesson/activity they know will work year in year out without adaptation. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this, why reinvent the wheel. I thought I’d ask colleagues for their ‘stock’ geography lessons.

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Our Tune–Hanging Valley

Working with Liz Smith on some glaciation lessons I came across this that I produced, nearly ten years old…

Direct link

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LEGO collaboration

Wondering whether people have a spare five minutes to contribute to this collaborative document about using Lego in the geography classroom. Direct link is here. If you’re not happy with Google Docs, please email or tweet me your ideas.

For past collaborations see.

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Summarise your learning in LEGO

A post in response to a conversation I had on Twitter with Andy.  Instead of the end of term video, I asked my Key Stage 3 classes to summarise one aspect of their learning, from over the course of the academic year, as a Lego model. I set some simple rules.

legorules

Each team then had 25 minutes to design and produce their model. Some excellent examples from year 9….

Hurricane Storm Surge

153

Tornado

155

Depression

157

Air masses

154

I’m a bit of a fan of using Lego within the classroom. What other ways do people use it?

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Peppa pig international day

Plenty of geography here…

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WJEC GCSE A- PAPER 2 Revision

Just some quick revision resources for the exam paper on Thursday.

 

For students readers.

Remember you already have your A3 revision sheets and case study booklets. Make sure you have been through your checklist and attempted some of the frequently asked questions. These can be downloaded below.

Paper.2 checklist

22kb docx

Paper.2 frequently asked questions

19kb docx
Paper.2 quick tips 3mb pptx

Revision will be in the sixth-form hall periods 4, 5 and 6 on Wednesday. The examination is Thursday morning.

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