Are we there yet?

Stones, close-up --- Image by © Ocean/Corbis

My students have finished summer exams and we are now in the half term of trips, collapsed timetables, university visits and various other extracurricular activities. This means that contact time with my classes becomes increasingly sporadic and random. Additionally, the lack of any impending assessment and the distraction of warm, sunny days (on occasion!) has meant […]

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Topophilia – the love of place… and its geographical connections

Castlerigg Stone Circle, near Keswick

Writing in the Times Higher Education , Danny Dorling and Carl Lee argue that “the real essence of geography isn’t ‘the facts’, but the ability to join them together to create something greater than the sum of the parts”. This idea of joining together different parts of geography was emphasised by current GA President Steve Rawlinson at the GA Conference as he chose his […]

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Let’s make geographical connections

Image of geysir

‘Making Geographical Connections’ was the theme for this year’s Geographical Association Annual Conference , attended by 750 enthusiastic geographers. We spent two days attending lectures, taking part in workshops, discovering new resources and sharing ideas for the teaching of primary and secondary geography. This was my third time at the conference and I came away with plenty of inspiration […]

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“If the world were good for nothing else, it is a fine subject for speculation” William Hazlitt (1823)

Coastal landform photo

Asking pupils to speculate on facts, formations or processes at the beginning of a lesson can spark curiosity and is a technique that can be used within an ISM starter (a strategy outlined in my previous blog posts). A relatively easy technique to implement into any lesson, Roberts (2013) discusses the power of speculation at length in […]

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