Things that caught my eye… Week 28th of February

Loved this find by Terry on the SLN forum. Great little starter which I’m going to use as an introduction to a revision of fronts.

Also posted a response to a mobile policy review that is being conducted at my place of work on my personal pages, any response would be grateful.

Sorted our 19th Geography Flash Meet on the 10th of March, all are welcome to join us.

One area I had success with last week was looking at the Christchurch earthquake. I like the idea of floating topicality, it makes students realise that geography is a living subject. I do struggle though  with developing an appropriate response to such a recent tragic event. For Key Stage 4 it was a useful revision of plate tectonics, for Key Stage 3 I used a little strategy I picked up from Ian Murray. I first shows a clip in of the quake aftermath from the BBC, then explained the tectonic theory. I then read eyewitness accounts from the BBC website, as students actively drew what came into their minds.

It was interesting to see how students responded in a variety of ways, from artistic representations…


To storyboard accounts…


To images with associated quotes…


It was interesting then to discuss why they had drawn such responses and what key themes ran through the class set of images.

Also signed up for the RSS feed of a new Alan Parkinson blog about supporting geography teachers. Should be good… no pressure 🙂

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  1. Posted March 8, 2011 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    I’ve been following recent events in Christ Church through the eyes of residents and other New Zealanders on a website called Blipfoto – a good place to start would be through the eyes of PIXEL SMITH – though there are many, many more. It has really brought home to me what is must be like to live/ survive in these circumstances. An early blipper that I encountered is called HPX – even after the first September quake she was able to convey the effects of trying to live a `normal’ life while the minor quakes constantly `rattled’ on. See click on the left side of the images to be taken back in his journal.

  2. Tony_Cassidy
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Wendy, will follow these up.

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