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Messages - Kate Russell

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General Discussion / Re: GA Conference
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:34:53 PM »
Hi "Meg" and everyone - I am sorry I won't be there this year (long story!) Will really miss buzz, new ideas, stimulating discussions and friendship. Teacher-led workshops are a good bet and also a range of subject-knowledge lectures by experts, presidential lecture and keynote lectures.


General Discussion / Re: indonesian tsunami
« on: April 09, 2014, 08:43:40 PM »
There are quite a few resources on the SLN homepage ( along way down!)
Please visit it at its new location

General Discussion / Re: New to Edexcel GCSE spec A, can you help?
« on: April 09, 2014, 08:41:47 PM »
There the Edexcel site
I'm not sure the Ning still exists

General Discussion / Re: Dubai - extreme Environmnet
« on: April 06, 2014, 08:31:28 PM »

General Discussion / Stuck wall - clever idea!
« on: April 02, 2014, 06:34:30 PM »
Spotted on Twitter - fab idea for your classroom!

General Discussion / Re: How to write like a Geographer
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:21:15 PM »
Is it her general literacy skills letting her down or specific geography ones? What other A levels is she doing? Do these involve writing at length?

Could you give her some writing frames? Does she make a plan? Tools such a mind maps help some people. Give her some good essays to have a look at. Go through her essays with her, get her to read them out loud to you, asking her to analyse what could be improved.

There are a range of ideas here
The glossaries may be particularly helpful to extend her vocabulary.

General Discussion / Re: Crap Towns - new list launched
« on: March 17, 2014, 11:23:23 AM »
It is a bit of fun ... may stimulate discussion on the  criteria / perceptions presented

General Discussion / Re: Fieldwork in London
« on: March 16, 2014, 06:54:40 PM »
Thank you SO MUCH Danny for positive feedbavk and a recommendation for SLNers - it does make a refreshing cgange to have a thread starting positively rather than with a problem / question!!!  Not to deter questions ... we welcome posts of all kinds!!!

I am pleased that Danny and his students had a good trip!!

General Discussion / Geography Passport for Y7
« on: March 07, 2014, 06:10:20 PM »
In a meeting today we were talking about locational knowledge, I remembered this idea of a Geography Passport - which might be useful for Y7 from September - its a word file so you can adapt it!

General Discussion / GeoWord of the Week and GeoFacts of the Week
« on: March 07, 2014, 06:07:27 PM »
In this time of renewed emphasis on knowledge, I remembered two resources on the SLN geography website which you might be interested in ... GeoWord of the Week and GeoFacts of the Week - both from Jodi John. They can be found here (about half way down the page). Unfortunately the other link to Claire Hales' file does not work.

General Discussion / Re: Levels of attainment
« on: March 06, 2014, 04:17:21 PM »
There will be no more levels! Well no new ones anyway.
The government say its up to schools how they assess pupils. I know this is unhelpful
The GA are working on this and no doubt useful advice will emerge in time.
In the meantime, do some planning for September first.
Some GA materials here to help you

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