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General Discussion / Nick Crane - What makes us human?
« on: September 29, 2016, 04:49:34 PM »
In case you missed it (you probably did, seeing as you were probably teaching or marking, rather than driving up the beautiful Glen Nevis in the rain), it is well worth listening to (and saving, if there's still a way to do that) Nick Crane's essay and interview for the 'What makes us human?' slot on the Jeremy Vine show today.  Link here

General Discussion / Secret Santa
« on: November 11, 2014, 10:25:22 PM »
You may or may not be aware that we have had an SLN geographical Secret Santa for the last few years - I ran it last year and unfortunately we didn't have huge take-up, but when it's worked well, it's been great and I think it would be a shame to let it disappear altogether and I'd like to see a bit of a revival this year (although I am not one for flogging a dead horse, so will not send myself a Secret Santa present!).

We've normally gone for a price limit of £10 to include P&P, gifts must be geographical - the more interesting and original, the better.

If you are interested in taking part, please email me your full name and a postal address before midnight on 31st November...  If I have more than a tiny handful of interested people, I'll then send you the details of the person to whom you should send a gift.

It is by no means obligatory, but it would be quite nice if people came back here in January and shared details of the gifts they received (mainly because I am nosy...).
Look forward to hearing from lots of you!! :)

General Discussion / What do you do on your KS3 fieldtrips?
« on: October 09, 2014, 09:00:34 PM »
Possibly a rather odd request, but if you are lucky enough to be able to get your KS3 classes out on fieldwork, what do you do with them?  Is it all data collection, 'look-see' immersion stuff, "quirky" experiential Mission Explore stuff, a combination of some/all of these, or something different? 

Thank you!

General Discussion / How will your 6th Form curriculum look in September?
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:17:23 PM »
Not strictly Geography, but I am interested to know what other schools are planning to do with regard to the structuring of the 6th Form curriculum, given that students will be able to opt for Tranche 1 AS or A Levels and old-style Tranche 2/3 AS Levels...

How many subjects will your students choose?  At what point will they decide which to continue with to A2?  Which exams will they sit at the end of L6th?

Thank you!

General Discussion / OCR A Level - model answers?
« on: February 09, 2014, 08:45:58 PM »
I'm in my first year of teaching the OCR A Level spec and my A2 students (who are used to copying notes from the board and having a very clear and prescriptive structure for answering exam questions) are really struggling with the essays in particular but also the 10-mark geographical issue questions.  I wondered if anyone had any model answers, either from exam board training or from their own students, that they would be willing to share?  After 10 years of teaching AQA at A Level, I am really missing the exam board support, published resources and informal support such as the Ning!

Many thanks,

General Discussion / Secret Santa
« on: November 14, 2013, 09:52:40 PM »
'Tis almost that time of year again...

The past few years, we've had an SLN Secret Santa - price limit of £10 to include P&P and presents must be geographical (creative, imaginative AND geographical is better still!).

If people want to do it again this year, I'm happy to organise (unless anyone else desperately wants to).  If you'd like to be involved, please email me your name and address (email should be in my profile) by midnight on Sun 1st December.  I'll then email you with the name and address of the person you're buying for and you can get shopping!

General Discussion / School library?
« on: September 11, 2013, 08:46:35 PM »
The Librarian at my new school is very keen to improve the woeful Geography section of the [otherwise fantastic] library...  I've got some ideas from previous threads on here, from Alan P's GeoLibrary blogposts and from the GA's Post-16 Reading List, but any other suggestions for books that would be a good addition to the library would be appreciated. 

General Discussion / Happy holidays!
« on: July 23, 2013, 09:19:08 PM »
I know it's a bit late for those people who finished weeks ago, but as the majority of those of us south of the border will now have finished, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Have a fantastic summer and a well-earned rest, and - as ever - it would be great to hear tales (and see photos!) of interesting holidays...

General Discussion / Optional/enrichment trips
« on: July 05, 2013, 09:38:46 PM »
If you run non-curriculum Geography trips (particularly, though not exclusively, overseas ones such as Iceland) I'd appreciate it if you could post a quick reply with the year group(s) you invite, how many students you take, whether you allow non-geographers, the time of year you launch the trip and the time of year (including holiday or term-time) you go.

Thank you!

General Discussion / Another iPad thread... help please!
« on: June 26, 2013, 06:28:52 PM »
There is potentially some money at my new school for there to be three iPads for the Geography Department - it sounds like a bid needs to be done by outgoing HoD quite soon rather than me doing it in September.  It's likely I'll need to be training the rest of the dept and encouraging their use though, so I want to make sure that we have everything that we need so that we are able to use them as effectively as possible.

So, advice would be greatly appreciated about:
- how paying for apps works in your school
- whether it's possible to have apps that we pay for on all the iPads and if so, how
- what we definitely need to buy besides the iPads themselves and some rugged/waterproof cases so that they can be used for fieldwork
- what would be a good idea to buy besides the above

Thank you!

We have a temporary post for a term starting from September - teaching will be across the age range so experience of teaching GCSE and A Level would be beneficial.  Small Geog dept within a supportive Humanities Faculty.  Feel free to email me for more information.

General Discussion / Hjulstrom Curve
« on: May 09, 2013, 07:48:51 PM »
This may be a really silly question but...

Why is it that on many versions of the Hjulstrom Curve, the entrainment and fall velocity lines stop before the end of the x-axis?  The ones that appear on a Google image search that don't stop before the end of the x-axis don't have such long axes (usually end at 100mm rather than 1000mm).  I appreciate that transporting a 1000mm boulder would take a fair bit of energy, but something has to happen to it so I can't see why this isn't represented on the graph (and although there might not be many of them, I can't think that there wouldn't be any 1000mm boulders...).

Apologies if I am just being obtuse - any explanations would be appreciated though!

General Discussion / MOVED: Happy new year
« on: January 06, 2013, 06:52:21 PM »

General Discussion / OS twilight INSET
« on: December 11, 2012, 09:43:19 PM »
If you're in Derbyshire (or thereabouts) and are interested in attending a free twilight INSET session run by Darren Bailey from the OS about the OS's education resources and how to use them, please email me or send me a message on here.  It will be from 4-6pm on Tuesday 22nd January. 

Similar events are being held elsewhere in the country - this blog post from Alan Parkinson has info about the others:

It sounds like it will be well worth getting to one of them if you can...

General Discussion / A Level - geographical terminology
« on: December 04, 2012, 07:53:54 PM »
We've had Year 13 Parents' Evening today and a number of students said that they were finding the number of geographical terms they are expected to know quite challenging, particularly for the physical geography topics.  We do a range of activities to introduce and to reinforce use of geographical terminology in lessons, and I've given them all the usual advice about glossaries, flash cards, post-it notes round the house, getting parents/siblings to test them, etc. at home, but wondered if anyone had any other successful strategies for helping students to learn - and use - key terms?  (Lesson activities/ideas are welcome, but I am particularly interested in things that I can suggest that they do at home.)

Thank you.

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