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General Discussion / Re: GCSE Reading Photo Request
« on: April 11, 2009, 11:40:22 AM »
The whole logging in thing is a problem, and mostly seems to affect Firefox users.  I am having to use Internet Explorer for SLN which is a bit of a pain when I regularly use Firefox for internet browsing!

Don't have the resource, don't do this spec - sorry!

General Discussion / Re: Free worldwide geog progs!
« on: April 10, 2009, 09:39:51 PM »
I can imagine that this will be really useful in lessons, particularly with sixth form classes.  Excellent for media portrapyal etc. for media/english teachers and also for general studies or critical thinking lessons too I'm guessing.

General Discussion / Re: The places we live
« on: April 10, 2009, 02:10:36 PM »
Thanks for the little actvity, when we do settlement next year with the Y11s I'll be using this, personalisation always makes stuff better!

These are great, there is real potential for using these in lessons.  Great find!

General Discussion / Re: Antarctica
« on: April 10, 2009, 01:47:44 PM »
We start the unit by looking at pictures/video to really get a sense of place.  The kids write down a whole load of adjectives t describe Antarctica, then think about things they might DO there and things they might SEE, HEAR, FEEL etc.  This is put together inot short haiku poems whihc are done for display as well ready for open evening.  We get some really lovely responses and the kids can cope with 3 line poems!!  Its hilarious to watch a class sit and count syllables and correct each other when they have too many!!

General Discussion / Re: Rivers
« on: April 10, 2009, 08:53:33 AM »
My year 12s act out the various transportation processes, rolling around for traction, leap frogging for saltation and so on!  They get pretty creative for suspension and solution!

General Discussion / Re: Antarctica
« on: April 09, 2009, 07:20:57 AM »
Been teachign Antarctica for a few years now and will be rejigging it to fit the new KS3 next year, its nice to get some new ideas - thanks everyone!

General Discussion / Re: Useful ppt explaning plagiarism
« on: April 09, 2009, 07:16:32 AM »
Thanks, just writing coursework with Y10 and this will b useful!

General Discussion / Re: Year 7 exam
« on: April 09, 2009, 07:15:32 AM »
We do a 1 hour end of year exam with all KS3 classes.  We use a regular levelled assessment for the end of whichever topic they have just done, its therefore just another assessment, we give out the levelled criteria beforehand, like we'd give out a revision sheet so the kids can prepare themeselves like they do fo our regular assessments.  In this way its much like the new controlled assessments.  This satisfies school as we can give an exam level, but helps us give a teacher assessed level too as it provides us with more evidence of the student's achievements.  Not ideal but works.

General Discussion / Re: See Africa Differently
« on: April 08, 2009, 11:42:29 AM »
I was hoping for one fo the videos to be on water for my new GCSE unit, no such luck!

General Discussion / Re: Antarctica
« on: April 08, 2009, 11:41:22 AM »
Teachers TV have some good geography videos on Antarctica.  Our girls really like doing the making animals exercise having looked at the weather, environment and ecosystems in Antarctica first.  Its our first topic of the year and makes a nice display for open day, 'Which animal would survive in Antarctica?'  Winner gets a prize after open evening!  We;ve also had them planning a field trip to Antarctica to look at the tourist opportunities available - amazed by the number who think the deaprtmnet should offer it as a trip despite the cost!  Have made extensive use of the Discovering Antarctica website - some great little starters and plenaries and many of the ideas have been extended into whole lessons.  A nice cover lesson we often use is about setting a movie in Antarctica, what tye of film? Why? where would it be set? Characters? etc.  Nice literacy and art links if they storyboard their ideas. 

General Discussion / Re: Google Earth Steet View
« on: April 08, 2009, 11:36:06 AM »
Never used it before but could be really useful before going on a fieldtrip somewhere to get to know the area, assess risks etc.  Could also help formulate hypotheses.  Will be incorporating this into my new controlled assessment tasks for the GCSE next year.

General Discussion / Re: Fair Trade Footballs
« on: April 08, 2009, 11:34:44 AM »
Our student teacher got the kids in her last school stitiching sequins onto small scraps of cloth.  She ran the room like a sweatshop and got some great results from the follow-up work.

General Discussion / Re: Paris?
« on: April 08, 2009, 11:29:57 AM »
Have a fab trip!  I was looking at a quick break to Paris as I've not been since I was little.  Saving a few more pennies first I think!

General Discussion / Re: Free Global Dimensions Wallplanner
« on: April 08, 2009, 11:29:03 AM »
I like it - I always use the union one that gets sent out, but it never seems to arrive when I want it!  And it ends in July so I can't admore the whole month off we get!!!

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