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General Discussion / online learning - AQA A-level
« on: January 30, 2016, 11:49:43 AM »
I have a Y12 student wanting to move from Chemistry to Geography, but we don't have an AS Geography course this year (long story). Parents want him to do an online course (supported by me of course!!), and want me to recommend one... Anyone have any experience of such things?

General Discussion / Exotic field trip recommendations?
« on: August 03, 2015, 01:56:08 PM »
I am hoping to plan a school trip somewhere 'life-changing' for Easter (or possibly Summer) 2017. I'm thinking probably about 10-15 mixed-age students (age 14-18). Not really a Geography trip as such, though of course hoping it will enrich their geographical understanding - human and physical. For various educational and practical reasons, I am thinking maybe tropical rainforest and/or coral reefs - but I'm not hugely restricted by that. Uganda, Costa Rica, Madagascar, Namibia, the Amazon, The Azores, Cuba, Tibet / Bhutan are the locations which have sprung to mind. If there was some 'social responsibility' aspect to the trip (building something, helping out in a school, etc.) that would be ideal.

Just wondering if anyone has been to one of these places, or somewhere similar, with a schools fieldwork company and could recommend?  Our kids aren't super wealthy, so £2000 is probably out of the question, unless they could do some fund raising for it.

The Specialist Travel Company ( has come up on google searches, but I've never heard of them - anyone know about them? Discover the World are another I can find...

General Discussion / Short course GCSE
« on: May 22, 2015, 08:29:16 PM »
Normally we offer an option block of short-course RE or an Outdoor Ed qualification - but this year several students have suggested they would like to do a short course Geography qualification instead. They range in ability - some for whom C at GCSE would be a massive achievement, some EAL students who struggle with the English but are intelligent and interested, and some who would be aiming for A/B at GCSE level. We are an independent school so league table points etc isn't a factor - I just want a course which is do-able in 2 x 55 mins per week over 2 years and is accessible and useful... Can anyone advise?? - it looks like OCR do a short-course GCSE, so that's favourite at the moment. There is also an ASDAN course, but that looks too simple. There is an 'Edexcel Certificate' which appears to be an international qualification (no problem with that), but at a glance it seems to have some complex 9-mark questions which would stretch most of them quite a lot...

Any advice / ideas gratefully received...

General Discussion / Drinking bat blood in the desert to survive
« on: January 09, 2015, 07:26:09 AM »
Brilliant account of desert marathon runner and how he survived for 10 days in the desert - fascinating story relevant to Specs with Deserts / Extreme Climates topic -

General Discussion / Amazon "real" case study
« on: June 14, 2014, 07:40:32 PM »
Came across this, three guys going up remote tributary of the Amazon, doing crowd-funding, I've pledged £10 and means I'll get the HD film they are making... see - but you can pledge any amount - they still need a fair bit and have only 10 days to go...

General Discussion / Mr Poo
« on: April 27, 2014, 08:55:10 PM »
 :o Thanks to Rob Chambers via twitter... this made my day (after LFC Chelsea misery), just trying to decide which classes I can get away with showing it to... The boys will ALL openly love it, the girls will love being disgusted by it, especially the squelchy bit [sorry, forgive the sexual stereotypes] - but the parents...??? Might have to classify it a 15 and only show it to Y10 and above...
Confess to be slightly surprised about the whole thing, had an image of India which was a bit less liberal than this campaign suggests.

General Discussion / You've heard of the BRICs - what about the MINTs??
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:29:00 AM »

Can you guess which 4 countries make up the MINT acronym??

NICs BRICs and MINTs, love it, good memorable acronyms.

Fascinating thought-provoking article, with relevance to so many topics - not only development, but population (advantages of a youthful population), globalisation, energy, etc. - there's even a titbit about a sinking slum in Indonesia due to over-abstraction...

Not sure about Mexico and Turkey having nearly £50K average incomes by 2050, but who knows??

I do love the way that the tired bi-polar LEDCs v MEDCs has developed (hope the new GCSE and A-level Specs reflect this!!!) - more complex now, but so much more dynamic and interesting :-)

I do wonder how much impact research / news stories like this have - i.e. will the mere suggestion that these countries are the likely places for fastest future growth lead to much greater investment and thus economic growth...?

General Discussion / Geology A-level resource
« on: November 04, 2013, 05:00:01 PM »
Made this PowerPoint for Igneous Rock Identification for the three students I am tutoring... took hours, even though adapted from pre-existing PPt found on web, so thought I'd share [assume there is no ning / SLN-type thing for A-level Geology??]

Interesting research into Ikaria, a Greek island with a life expectancy 10 years above UK etc. - relevant to some Specs I guess - eg AQA AS Health? - or if like me you are just trying to take every opportunity to brainwash your students towards at least considering the value of a non-consumerist approach to life...!

General Discussion / They Might Be Giants
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:10:01 PM »
I love these people - I'm sure not everyone's taste, but for me... so when I recently found that they have some geographically-related songs other than Istanbul not Constantinople (which I played to Y11 as they were discussing about New York being New Amsterdam before - and they loved...):
Alphabet of Nations:
I am a Palaeontologist (for the geologists on here)

General Discussion / Excellent sounding INSET re Ds to Cs in Geography
« on: January 17, 2013, 06:56:09 AM »  - Weds 13th March London 20th March B'ham
Not cheap at £279 but if your INSET budget holder is persuadable I'd def go for it, especially if Ds to Cs is a focus for your school / department...
Osiris INSET I went on a few years ago was the best I've ever been on - inspirational - and that's from me, quite a cynic, hard to please, etc.
And the leader of this INSET is the one and only Alan P...

General Discussion / David Rogers - Teacher Blog of the Year
« on: June 14, 2011, 04:41:07 AM »;section=News;type_uid=1

Not sure if people have seen this...


Apart from the quality, I'm always amazed by the time commitment many geographers seem to put in to stuff additional to the 'day job', David among them.

Have to say, I do feel that geographers largely seem to lead the way with web stuff, and with being a 'connected, sharing community' (I think SLN plays a big part there - though I've noticed fewer posts of late -wonder if it's because more people are tweeting, blogging, etc.)

General Discussion / good resource for mobile phones lesson
« on: November 21, 2010, 04:57:31 PM »
If like me you do the mobile phones lesson linking us with gorillas and guerillas - and toxic e-dumps in China - then this website will be useful:

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