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Kelly Peppin

How to create an extra-large Greta Thunberg display

Last week I posted a display of Greta Thunberg designed to inspire the next generation of Geographers. This resulted in a number of teachers asking how this was possible, so here are a set of step by step instructions for... Continue Reading →

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Geography display ideas

Is OPEN EVENING approaching? Is it time to refresh a few displays? Here are a number of my creations over the years for inspiration. *Picture 2 inspired by @missgeog92 Picture 1&2: Where will Geography take you? These displays demonstrate a... Continue Reading →

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IDEAL analysis

A popular approach, shared multiple times on twitter by @jennnnnn_x who adopted this activity from Rebekah Chew (@MissChewBeka) when she shared it at a PIXL conference a few years ago. Every letter within I.D.E.A.L is made up of a number... Continue Reading →

Using map skills to explore earthquakes: GUEST POST BY @geography_DAF

Teaching map skills is a staple of most year 7 geography curriculums in the UK, with students often beginning secondary school with a unit of work that explores directions, map symbols, grid references and scale.  After teaching for a few... Continue Reading →

Odd one out

An activity which encourages the retrieval of prior knowledge, promotes critical thinking and provides opportunities to practice geographical vocabulary. Students are given a worksheet (see below) containing a number of rows. Each row contains three words/phrases, in which students must... Continue Reading →

Code breaker

An activity, shared by a former colleague, which is ideal for a register task (starter) to get students (especially your more lively classes) on task immediately upon entering the classroom without relying on the teacher for instructions. It is also... Continue Reading →

Eye witness accounts; Asian Ocean tsunami, 2004

Tectonics is one of my favourite topics to teach. But, year after year I have never been able to fully comprehend to students the devastating real life impacts these hazards have on individuals, families and communities. I have found students... Continue Reading →

Concern-o-meter; Climate change

EDUQAS specification B requires students to understand how and why attitudes to climate change me vary. In order to teach this aspect of the curriculum, my students annotate a climate change concern-o-meter. How does it work? Firstly I ask students... Continue Reading →

Comparison spider diagram

A strategy previously shared on twitter, by who I cannot remember - apologies. But this is a go-to template in my teacher toolkit when students are required to compare case study examples. Instructions for how to complete... Firstly, students need to... Continue Reading →

Wonders of the world

A lovely activity to explore students knowledge of global landscapes or features, which can be completed during a lesson or as a homework activity. Students are asked to select seven locations in the world they consider wonders. Each wonder must... Continue Reading →

Design your own animal, with adaptations

A diverse and engaging activity which can be used with both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students, with a slight adjustment. How I deliver this activity to my KS3 classes? To begin, students are provided with a number... Continue Reading →

Sign up to Twitter… why?

In my opinion Twitter is, by far, the best form of professional development I have had the opportunity to take part in. The vast amount of tweachers (teachers who tweet) who openly share ideas and resources day in day out... Continue Reading →

Graphic organisers: GUEST POST BY @RitchieFoster

I’ve been using graphic organisers within my lessons in order to make large amounts of complex information more palatable for the students.  This is particularly effective at reducing cognitive overload, due to the fact the information has clearly been organised... Continue Reading →

A-Z Speak like a geographer glossary: GUEST POST BY @VickiLouise17

The A-Z glossary aims to enhance student literacy in KS3 geography; encouraging and enabling pupils to speak and write like a geographer. How do you use it? The template consists of 26 boxes, each with one letter of the alphabet. ... Continue Reading →

How I look after my well being

A little disclaimer before you start reading - I am in no way a specialist in mental health. The tips I am sharing below work well for my own well being. Some may work for you, others may not. But... Continue Reading →

Open evening activities

Following a number of requests on the twitter video posted, here are a selection of our departments open evening activities. Activity 1. Make a pledge to reduce plastic pollution Each visiting student is asked a series of questions: Do you... Continue Reading →

Why create seating plans

No 1. Get to know your students Having a seating plan to hand is an invaluable tool. It can be referred to during lessons without relying on students to continuously remind you of their name, which can delay your ability... Continue Reading →

Establishing classroom expectations

I think it is important to share expectations with students at certain points in the academic year. Personally, I used to share my expectations to each of my classes in their first lesson in September and then revisit these in... Continue Reading →

My go-to classroom essentials

Each of these items I have come to rely on, and frequently use, on a daily basis. They are essentials that I believe I cannot do my job without. So, in no particular order... Item 1: Tissues Most students, at... Continue Reading →

My take on History displays

Recently, I wanted to show a fellow colleague my appreciation for her support and advice throughout the course of this academic year. With the help of two dedicated Year 11 students, I was entrusted to revamp a number of my... Continue Reading →

Humanities kindle edition

An updated wider reading display for geography, history and religious education. In order to; Promote wider reading relating to topics studied throughout the year Increase student interactions with display material along our humanities corridor Demonstrate that reading goes beyond the... Continue Reading →

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