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Write like a geographer mat

Over the years I have taught many a student, and marked numerous examination papers (particularly for AQA) where students constantly repeat the question in their answer or begin questions with the same opening sentence e.g. The case study I will... Continue Reading →

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Cartoon of a geographer

In the last few years I have found students transitioning between the primary and secondary curriculum to have a varied knowledge and understanding of geography as a subject. Whilst some students can demonstrate extensive geographical understanding, others can be polar... Continue Reading →

Geography display ideas

It is close to that time of year, OPEN EVENING, and therefore time to refresh displays. I have dedicated a large portion of my time over the last two years to revamping our department displays. I have included a photo... 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 →

Eighty fieldwork techniques

With increasing emphasis on fieldwork being a requirement from Key Stage 1 up to Key Stage 5, there will never be a better opportunity to introduce students to a range of geographical fieldwork techniques at a variety of contrasting locations.... Continue Reading →

Graffiti tables

This recent strategy has been introduced into my teaching practice, and both myself and the students love it! Students are a little sceptical at first when told they are going to write on the table, some even asked if I... Continue Reading →

NEW KS3 assessment framework (without levels)

After the 2014 National Curriculum changes resulting in the removal of levels for assessing pupils progress many geography teachers have been concerned with what to do next. As a response to curriculum changes the Geographical Association (2016) published a document... Continue Reading →

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