Thanks to Bob Digby.
Thanks to Bob Digby.
A roundup of a few geographical links and ideas that I’ve come across during the course of the week.
Email from Boardworks about the ‘10 reasons to study geography’ poster which I helped put together, it can be downloaded from their blog. Also received a couple of copies in the post. Just finished writing a blog post for them about the drought….
Working towards becoming a VITAL professional and held my first VITAL group meeting this week. Also attended a TeachShare held by Alan Parkinson about Triptico, a resource by David Riley. A replay can be found here. Most of my subject specific professional development is coming from here at the moment, the Geography Portal maintained by Alan is well worth the small fee for your department.
Starting giving my classes topic based spelling tests, students had to learn the definitions and spelling of ten words, guess what? The world didn’t end. On the subject of literacy another thanks to the Arthur Terry Geography Department for sharing their improving QWC in Geography mat, and for providing me with a pdf copy.
Finally a 100 days until the Olympics passed, trying to contain myself
Some new free content from Boardworks, though spot the mistake on the second slide . The lesson plan is good though .
KS3 Geography has been a little more pedestrian, year 7 I’m working on new transition materials, so started by looking at different maps and what they had in common, we then drew maps from memory of our home area. I’ve now added a transition page to Radical Geography.
In year 8 will started to look at rivers, I use Victoria Ellis’s rivers introductory video (Nice bit of Enya..) as a starter, we then produce a poem entitled the ‘River’. Reminds me that I want to record some of them and put them online- one for this week to try…
In year 9 we started weather and climate, we considered the difference between the two terms, and then began to produce maps of the average summer and winter temperatures across the British Isles. Good traditional stuff!
Loving this at the moment- sing along…
This brought back some childhood memories, MacGyver was like the A-Team, but only one man. Hat tip Greeve .
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