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General Discussion / Re: Using GCSE grading at KS3
« Last post by Matt Brown on July 28, 2015, 04:42:58 PM »
Can I say many thanks to every one who has contributed there ideas here - this is one of my summer jobs and you have already saved me hours and I hope that I will be able to share my ideas in the next day or so. 

However, I have one problem that is holding me up and may be a reflection of the fact that at my heart I'm a geologist not a geographer but I don't fully understand the conceptual difference between  the GA's 3 assessment strands identified in their new book. For example what is the difference in terms of knowledge/ information about places between:

 "Contextual world knowledge of locations, places and geographical features" which is described as "demonstrating greater fluency with world knowledge by drawing on increasing breadth and depth of content and contexts." 

and

"Understanding of the conditions, processes and interactions that explain features, distribution patterns, and changes over time and space." which is described as:
• extending from the familiar and concrete to the unfamiliar and abstract;
• making greater sense of the world by organising and connecting information and ideas about people, places, processes and
environments;
• working with more complex information about the world, including the relevance of people’s attitudes, values and beliefs.

 Is it as simple as the first one is knowledge and the other refers to the application of this knowledge? 

I am also confused where peoples' opinions comes in. It seems to be referred to in the final bullet point above, but the only mention of opinions is in the GA's 3rd "enquiry" strand of assessment.

If anyone can help shed some light on this it will be much appreciated!

Many thanks

Matt
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Promotions / Image Quest
« Last post by Geogphotos on July 27, 2015, 09:12:28 AM »
Brittanica won a BETT award in 2015 - apparently 'Britannica School' which now includes 'Image Quest' is enormously popular in USA, Australia, and UK

http://corporate.britannica.com/britannica-connects-britannica-school-and-imagequest-for-expanded-search-results/

Does anybody at SLN use it?

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General Discussion / Re: BIG quiz 2015
« Last post by meg on July 21, 2015, 01:26:32 PM »
Thanks both they look great - your sharing is much appreciated !

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We have a very interesting vacancy for a teacher of GCSE and A level Geography available teaching 3 individual pupils who are high performance tennis players. Our classrooms are based by the River Thames by Chiswick Bridge in a beautiful setting. Hours required are Monday 9-4 and also 4 hours on a Thursday.

Please do email me directly at support@laidlaweducation.co.uk if you are interested.

Best wishes,

Sue Laidlaw (Laidlaw Education)
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General Discussion / Re: Classroom Displays
« Last post by swhitch on July 21, 2015, 11:48:55 AM »
Postcard wall where students bring or send postcards from their holidays then link postcards with string to location. Could be both a UK map and world map

What of geographical data presentation using best examples of a variety of techniques from past course work, often colourful, interesting and educational.
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General Discussion / Re: BIG quiz 2015
« Last post by paulsturtivant on July 21, 2015, 08:14:26 AM »
I've used both of these, brilliant!  Thank you very much
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General Discussion / Re: Classroom Displays
« Last post by steve brace on July 20, 2015, 05:33:51 PM »
Hi for your careers one do feel free to download the poster and case studies from the Society's Going Places with Geography booklet and poster - lots of useful information about the breadth of careers available to geographers
See this link http://www.rgs.org/OurWork/Study+Geography/Going+places+with+geography.htm

(also if you want posters/infographics on development have a look at the links at the bottom of this page http://www.rgs.org/OurWork/Schools/Teaching+resources/Key+Stage+3+resources/Global+Learning+Programme/Development+teaching+resources.htm )

best wishes

Steve

Steve Brace FRGS
Head of Education
RGS-IBG
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General Discussion / Re: Classroom Displays
« Last post by MissGeog on July 20, 2015, 01:56:01 PM »
I have an exam help display in my room and then a home learning board that has plastic pouches on to put their homework in and then they can collect their sheets if they mis-place them.
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General Discussion / Re: Classroom Displays
« Last post by htdavies on July 20, 2015, 10:34:09 AM »
Other ideas:

1. A large world map which you can then add to throughout the year with named examples of case studies you cover at GCSE (or anything else that is relevant to your teaching). Many of our pupils join us in Year 7 not knowing their continents .

2.Any photographs of pupils engaged in geography lessons/activities both in the class room and outdoors  including any fieldwork you do.

3. A Fairtrade display - I have had lots of posters and other resources for free from the Fairtrade Foundation over the years, not sure what resources they have available this time of the year but you may want to take a peek on their website  http://shop.fairtrade.org.uk/towns

4. An OS map of the area of your school and surrounding area and maybe label places and landforms relevant to your pupils.

Hope that helps.

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General Discussion / Re: Classroom Displays
« Last post by meg on July 20, 2015, 08:57:41 AM »
Geographical landscapes ?

I use pictures from old calendars / books from charity shops - but also encourage students to bring back postcards, tourist leaflets, photos they have taken both from the locality and further afield - they like seeing "their" pictures make up part of the classroom display.
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