Christmas Decisions- Artificial or fake?

A rare post as I come up for air at the end of term…  Liz Smith and I have put together this decision-making exercise. Which is best for the environment, an artificial or fake tree? Think of it as our present to you. Enjoy.

Original resource 149kb docx
PowerPoint 2.5mb pptx
SEN resource 112kb docx
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Google Plenary

In five seconds.


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Geography for a pound…

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Thank you if you attended the workshop yesterday. A particular thanks to Alan Parkinson (who basically organised me and the workshop- it should have been his name under the title.) and John Sayers who were my co-presenters, thereby making sure I didn’t have too much time to humiliate myself.

The aim of the workshop was to consider informal collaboration of practitioners, as a way of developing approaches that aid student learning and engagement.

Alan will be collating all the resources on his blog at a later date. During the workshop I briefly discussed some areas of collaboration from my own practice.

I then referred to an article (again via Alan!) by Isbella Wallace about her use of poundstore pedaogogy. Adapting this idea for geography, I asked colleagues to devise some approaches using five items from the Tesco’s Handy range. The results can be viewed in this Google presentation.

Not bad for five minutes thinking. If you would like to add to the presentation please let me know. I also apologise if I have missed your idea or attributed it to someone else.

Thanks again.

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It’s time for revision…

Some ideas we collated last year, let me know if you would like to contribute to them.

Two more collaborative presentations can also be found here.

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Other geography blogs.


Nice to be recognised on The Tutor Website. Amongst great company here.

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Volcanoes ‘v’ sheep


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Creative communication

A couple of creative ways to communicate with students in lessons, part of our MA session this week. Modelled by Sarah.


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Vandalism or creative revision strategy?


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2010 Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Revisited

I’ve never taught volcanoes at GCSE, so this will be interesting. As a case study of primary and secondary hazards I’m returning to Eyjafjallajökull. This is my starter…


I’ve adapted a topical resource that I made at the time…

This will be followed by a classification exercise, which I will do whole class by printing the statements A4 and distributing them around the classroom. Students can then note the impacts on the provided worksheet. I’ve also included a case study summary and an example exam question. The resources, without a couple of video clips, can be downloaded below.

Introductory PowerPoint 6.95mb pptx
Impact Statements 80kb pptx
Worksheet 128kb docx
Case study summary 60kb docx
Example exam question 17kb docx

Alternatively, you can download them from my TES resource page.

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Pixar Pitch

I spent part of the half-term reading Dan Pink’s new book ‘To Sell is Human’.

Don’t be put off by the title. Pink’s message is that selling is no longer the preserve of the salesperson; everyone is now in sales, including educators. Each day we sell our message to students.

One of my favourite chapters is about pitching. There are a number of ideas that could be used with students, particularly when summarising knowledge.

One that I’m going to have a play with, and is mentioned in the video, is the Pixar Pitch. The idea is based on the format of stories told within a Pixar movie. This week I’m going to try adapting it as a plenary activity.


I’ll let you know how I get on…

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