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General Discussion / Re: Volcano responses/ management ?? ideas needed
« on: September 16, 2012, 09:43:32 AM »
There is some good stuff on "10 things you didn't know about volcanoes'
Nyiragongo is on there which is always interesting from a limnic eruption point of view!

Walton on the Naze will work will
Get in touch with the the people at the tower - they can organise an excellent talk, with brilliant view for very little money
They did 4 talks in a day for us to get all 100 of our yr8 through
Bi-polar analaysis of the defences
Beach profiling on defended/undefended
Field sketch/photos

General Discussion / Re: HoD management time
« on: September 16, 2012, 09:36:43 AM »
I get 40mins a week for being a Hod
KS3 300
Ks4 - 140
Ks5 - 70

General Discussion / Re: Moving to AQA A - Past Papers?
« on: August 28, 2012, 10:48:03 AM »
I'll send papers tonight when I'm at the correct computer
As you say horses for courses on the tourism front!

We are actually doing our controlled assessment on a topic they wont be studying this year, which for our, mostly able cohort, should work ok. They got a bit bored doing rivers as a topic then weeks and weeks on a rivers controlled assessment but they do get bored easily so it may just be them!

General Discussion / Re: Moving to AQA A - Past Papers?
« on: August 27, 2012, 09:42:24 PM »
Also if you're students are good then tourism is a little bit wishy washy to say the least and we're swapping it to do urban, dvp, globalisation. Some of the tourism is so blindingly obvious that they got bored.

Physical wise - tectonics, weather, ice. We do AQA at A-level where hydro is compulsory do didn't want to repeat ad infinitum!

General Discussion / Re: Moving to AQA A - Past Papers?
« on: August 27, 2012, 09:39:49 PM »
I can do AQA A 06, 07, 08 - Foundation, higher and mark schemes
Message me an email address

General Discussion / Re: BBC: Geography GCSE changes 'rushed'
« on: July 21, 2012, 10:06:27 AM »
It's good it has made* the news at last

* on a platform lots of people read

Although I agree with your point Stuart the large majority of the public are not going to know the difference between exam boards and Ofqual, lazy journalism but not something that impinges on the point of the article

Initially I thought it was strange that everyone was admitting to getting it wrong but then I realised its one of those 'free blame' issues. Ofqual can admit to it and there is absolutely nothing anyone can do about it ' "yep it was us, what are you doing to do?"

General Discussion / Re: AQA GCSE and A Level
« on: July 17, 2012, 08:21:16 PM »
I would echo Judith, don't do 4 units. There is the time factor and also students will cotton on very quickly and soon be questioning why they are doing 'extra'. I think learning other topics is good but they probably won't

In my opinion ditch rivers at GCSE. You have to do it for AS and there is a lot of very similar content. In a similar vein you may want to reconsider population at GCSE. Globalisation and dvp are both good units - dvp particularly you can really get stuck into.

I can help you with restless, ice, water, coasts, urban, development, globalisation

Edit: You replied as I was typing. 3hrs - wow! CA wont, or perhaps shouldn't, take a term. 20hrs is the guidance so about 1/2 term on your provision.

General Discussion / Re: AQA GCSE and A Level
« on: July 16, 2012, 11:06:29 PM »
The nings are indeed excellent

Which topics are you teaching, other than the compulsory two of course?

General Discussion / Re: Twitter
« on: July 15, 2012, 12:14:38 AM »
Ive been discussing this recently with our sixth form and they pleaded with me not to set something else up!
Some depts are running VLE, Blog (often multiple for different staff), twitter, FB and they are just being bombarded with so much that they don't bother looking at any of it. they would much rather there be one place that they go to for school stuff, as they candidly pointed out they don't really want to know about 'exciting geog events' when they are on FB chat with their mates late in the evening - they may have a point?

To echo the point from David one dept also got into hot water after setting up FB page to set hwk for KS3 - although many students under 14 do use it lending it an air of legitimacy is probably not wise!

I think pick carefully but don't over do it might be, for us, the way forward

General Discussion / Re: Help Key Stage 3 topics/SoW
« on: July 15, 2012, 12:08:18 AM »
First of all, thanks Noel for uploading your SOW - got me thinking, I may send you an email with a couple of questions

Would agree with not teaching mapskills as a standalone thing - not particularly engaging. I have inherited a KS3 SOW based on continents which is a bit of pain as it's either tweaks or wholesale change but some of the continents have essentially become a moniker for delivering other things.

When you are planning I would try and think about discrete 1hr questions/concepts as I suspect you will struggle with continuity on 1hr a week - short and snappy is going to be the order of the day
I personally like to start yr7 with something completely new they can get stuck into so at the moment do coral atolls - formation, endemism, threats etc rather than something local but I understand why people do

General Discussion / Re: Year 12 enrichment trip to London
« on: July 14, 2012, 11:52:32 PM »
You can do a grafitti tour of London which is quite fun!

I quite like the idea of the derive - set them off from one start point and tell them to meet you at another - how they get there and what they find is completely up to them
Possibly depends how independent your students are

General Discussion / Re: OFQUAL GCSE accreditation
« on: July 14, 2012, 11:45:15 PM »
In regard to AQA it all seems to be a big fuss about nothing as it has not changed at all in regard to content
They have just removed what was in reality a farcical word limit on the controlled assessment

Perhaps the changes should be interpreted as which exam boards got it right in the first place!

General Discussion / Re: End of Year Quiz 2012
« on: July 06, 2012, 10:45:57 PM »
Thank you muchly
Been running it all week in tutor group, a couple of rounds each day - leaderboard getting close!

General Discussion / Re: Dust off those O Level textbooks...
« on: June 27, 2012, 09:21:08 PM »
I've just thrown a whole pile (I mean massive - around 400) textbooks out in preparation for our move to new rooms. Some were really useless e.g. large numbers of books for previous exam specs (guess what will happen soon) but also a number of these sorts of books such as the 'third world'.

Perhaps I should have sold them on SLN!

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