Raising the profile of Geography Part.1

When looking through some old CDs of resources I discovered a list of strategies for raising the profile of Geography, which I wrote many moons ago, some are probably outdated, but I thought I’d work through them, they may be of use to some people. Feel free to comment or add further suggestions, I’ll add them to the list.

Interestingly, in respect to the previous post, it begins…

‘Developing an interest Geography shouldn’t just be a year 9 priority, students will make decisions about studying geography from day one in year 7.’

  1. Have a geography board, make sure it is bright interesting and in a suitable place! It could include careers, news stories, fieldtrip photos etc. What about some subverted media images? Richard Allaway has a produced set of ready made posters with geography quotes for use.

  2. Why not have a late great geographers gallery? Or a contemporary geographers gallery? Highlight their contribution to the study and enhancement of geographical knowledge.

  3. Do you encourage students to access contemporary literature and film with geographical undertones? Develop a library of magazines, books and DVD’s in your classroom. Encourage students to borrow them. Read students extracts from books within lessons and make links to the geography curriculum. Work with your librarian to make sure the geography section is contemporary and relevant to your programmes of study.

  4. Hold a yearly geographical quiz for form groups; give prizes to the successful forms. Perhaps extend this to a local partnership league.

  5. Invite outside speakers into your lessons, or arrange special seminars after school or at dinnertimes. Show them the relevance of being a geographer to the real world. Develop links with local business and commerce, further education and higher education geography departments.

  6. Develop an unofficial film club for Key Stage 4 Geographers; allow them access to challenging films with geographical undertones, for example the work of Michael Moore. Encourage debate between students with regards to the issues raised. Check with management and parents first about the suitability of screening such films.

  7. Look at your fieldwork provision, what can be improved at Key Stage 3 to motivate students towards studying geography further? Do you have a residential fieldtrip at Key Stage 4? This doesn’t have to be aboard, fieldwork not only helps develop relevant skills but also develops a sense of being a ‘geographer’.

  8. Liaise with the careers co-coordinator, try and develop partnerships with organisations that can provide geographical work experience placements for students.

  9. Work with other departments, joint curriculum projects, public debating with English, field visits with modern foreign languages.

  10. Make regular use of the school newsletter/website; highlight successes, developments and future events.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted February 19, 2009 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Hi Tony, been having a look through your extensive list and can’t add much more. The only thing I can think about relates to some of the pints you made about giving students work an audience. We have started using edmodo, trialled with one year group for homework submissions. The submissions are private, but you can make individual submissions public if you want to share with parents examples of good work, and I suppose there is the option of inviting parents as members to see the type of work being done in Geography. Apart from that, just about everything we do and tens more are already on your list. More to think about, thanks.

    Kenny

  2. Posted February 19, 2009 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    p.s. points, not pints 🙂

  3. Tony_Cassidy
    Posted February 19, 2009 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Kenny, not heard of that one before- no worries pints are always better than points. 🙂

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