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Interesting article about Iceland's battle to retain sustainable tourism. In parts it comes across as a bit of a rant, but the issues are certainly real and well documented within the mass tourism sectors. Hopefully the issues highlighted don't relate to most school's experiences of how a trip to Iceland is undertaken, but nevertheless, it is a thought provoking piece full of geographical issues and a great example of why tourism needs to be responsible and sustainable, even in the developed world.

http://grapevine.is/mag/column-opinion/2014/09/04/tourism-the-destruction-of-iceland/ 
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General Discussion / Re: North Staffs GA Branch
« Last post by Kate Russell on October 20, 2014, 11:13:03 PM »
Next lecture
12 NOVEMBER 2014 at 7.30
RSPB Middleton Lakes,  Warwickshire,  from quarry to tourist attraction; a 167 hectare classroom.
Chris Edwards, RSPB.
All welcome!
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General Discussion / Re: Different Marking Strategies (student responses)
« Last post by Dave on October 20, 2014, 01:23:51 PM »
This link should show a few examples. The first slide is the question first posed and students answered on their exit card. The second slide shows the follow-up question given at the start of the next lesson. Slides three and four show examples of student work.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cr21sn8rej7kcmm/DIRTy%20Geography%20-%20HOD%20briefing.pptx?dl=0

Hope this helps.
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General Discussion / Re: Using Twitter and Google to enhance the geography classroom
« Last post by keigs on October 19, 2014, 09:27:23 PM »
Really interesting.  Thanks.
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General Discussion / Re: Different Marking Strategies (student responses)
« Last post by edge on October 19, 2014, 08:21:24 PM »
We are trying to develop one piece of self assessed and one piece of peer assessed work per topic at KS3. For each task we are generating target sheets with 5/6 printed targets which student have to tick and then respond to in green pen.  It means feedback from peers is more focussed and higher quality. Picking targets is tricky but does make us think carefully about the task and likely errors/areas for improvement/challenge to stretch the most able.  We've only used it properly once so far this half term, way less than we had planned, but it worked pretty well.
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General Discussion / Re: Different Marking Strategies (student responses)
« Last post by MissGeog on October 19, 2014, 01:42:11 PM »
Hi all,

Thank you for the responses it really is great to hear what other teachers and schools are doing.  I like the idea of the exit cards and can see this working well with my Key Stage 4 students.  Dave it would be great to talk about this as developing students responses to marking is something I am aiming for this year.  Is it possible you could send me a few examples to have a look at and then I can come up with some questions to ask?

Blue Square Thing I completely agree about it being a whole school thing and that they need to be on board.  I wanted to try and develop a range of different techniques that work for me in the classroom and then share these with the rest of the school.  I also agree with it not being evidence for someone else but it has to be for the students to improve on.  Is there any chance you could send me some examples of the stickers you use?

Mark I do a similar thing with the 10 minutes review time, with regards to them using a different colour, are they expected to have their own colour or do you provide it.  I have known of some schools where they use green for growth and purple for progress.

Thanks again everyone
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General Discussion / Re: Fieldwork help!
« Last post by star on October 19, 2014, 12:41:33 PM »
Hi

I have collected data like this in Hornsea, you are correct the North is higher than the south. But there are some areas that it is the other way around - I think local factors play a role and human interference, plus the quality of the groynes - as other posts have said, go with your data and explain from there!

Hope that helps
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General Discussion / Re: Fieldwork help!
« Last post by SBW2009 on October 19, 2014, 11:37:13 AM »
Thanks - yeah a few were very similar etc its just the other teachers group have almost all them south being higher and I was thinking I was going mad in terms of had I done it wrong with my group. I have a feeling this other teacher hasn't collated or checked the results and some of the groups have done it wrong way around.

Thanks again!
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General Discussion / Re: Fieldwork help!
« Last post by swhitch on October 19, 2014, 10:54:52 AM »
Just checked Google Earth to confirm and in places it does seem to show evidence of build up both ways so might depend where you actually measured. Go with your data, if that is what you measured that is what it shows, don't try to fit what you found to what you thought you would find.
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