Raising the Profile of Geography – Part.2

See also Part.1

11. How is Geography represented on the school website? Work with the ICT technicians or alternatively ask a group of students to develop the department Website. Make sure your site is student and parent interactive, post resources and help sheets, offer links to other sites with relevant information.

12. Develop a department blog, Geography Pages has many examples by geographer educators.

13. Highlight student success! Ring or write home, alternatively a geographical postcard may do the trick. Parents and students remember these positive comments.

14. Have an annual geographical writing competition for geographers at both key stages. Get the English department to help with the judging, as well as senior management and governors.

15. Share your work with the wider geographical community; there are a number of sites that offer to display good practice and ideas. Remember to highlight these to management, highlighting how your practice is influencing others!

16. Do you have student teachers? Often a great source of new ideas shows  students that geographers are also young and trendy!

17. Use the ‘Jensen Waiting Room effect’; this states that people often unconsciously pick up visual messages. Have a series of inspirational ‘Bon-Mots’ around the classroom and department, highlighting the importance of Geography. Use quotes from leading figures in the world of geographical education.

18. In year 9, why not introduce some GCSE style exam questions related to your topics, foundation tiers are often accessible to all students, whilst higher tier questions can challenge the more able. Show them that they could succeed in the subject.

19. Develop a local support group for geographers, have regular meetings and share good practice.

20. Geographical parents evening. At Key Stage 4 challenge parents to test their geographical knowledge against students. Provide some food and wine, and watch the competitiveness begin.

NB- I’m thinking aloud here…  not proscribing prescribing any form of good practice. 🙂

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  1. Liz Smith
    Posted February 16, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Some great ideas there Tony! Many Thanks. Liz 🙂

  2. Tony_Cassidy
    Posted February 17, 2009 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Thanks, some more to come. Of course, most are aspirational- we do about three of them. 😉

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