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CRITICAL THINKING

If geography was…

Out of the box questioning is a fantastic strategy to promote and challenge students critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills. 'If geography was...' is just one example of lateral thinking, as a means to describe questioning requiring out of... Continue Reading →

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Reverse location descriptions

Example 1: ' Mexico is next to the USA.' Example 2: 'Antarctica is at the bottom of our planet.' Example 3: 'Spain is left of France. '   You yourself may have also come across a similar examples when asking... Continue Reading →

Tarsia puzzles

Tarsia puzzles can be used in a variety of ways such as revision, key word definitions and topic recaps. I decided to use this strategy with my Year 10's, who are currently completing the AQA GCSE topic 'Ecosystems and Tropical... Continue Reading →

Colour chart: Chains of reasoning

I am currently teaching my Year 10 students ecosystems from the new AQA GCSE (2016). With one of my first lessons being to explore 'The balance between components. The impact on the ecosystem of changing one component' (AQA GCSE Geography... Continue Reading →

Jail bars: Who’s to blame?

In 2015 I read a brilliant article in Teaching Geography (*shout out to Hannah Campion) whereby students are asked to solve a geographical enquiry based on the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013. This enquiry is ideal for developing problem solving... Continue Reading →

Socratic questioning

I have recently been introduced to the concept of socratic questions, as a means of exploring ideas in depth. The concept of socratic questioning is to allow students to examine their ideas logically and/or to challenge their understanding further, linked... Continue Reading →

NEW KS3 assessment ideas (without levels)

The Geographical Association published a document called ‘An assessment and progression framework for geography’ at the beginning of 2016 (access it here), using this I have designed a number of rigorous assessments specifically for Key Stage Three. Each assessment incorporates a... Continue Reading →

Weather mystery: Why do our Facebook photos go to Sweden?

This  lesson requires students to make synoptic links between various pieces of information in order to answer the mystery question. Step 1: Categorising evidence Students categorise the statement provided. These can be categories such as climate, weather, economic, environmental. However... Continue Reading →

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