What’s the point?

My Year 7 class had something of a revelation this week. We have just started looking at coasts and coastal processes and spent the lesson learning about different types of erosion. Knowing that coasts, like rivers, are responsible for three processes (erosion, transportation and deposition) and that these shape the landscape are fundemental to the…

What’s your superpower?

Do you ever find yourself watching the news or reading a paper and saying to  yourself, ‘I don’t understand how this could happen’? If so, I’d suggest you may not have been paying attention in your Geography lessons.  The study of Geography is as old as the hills. Or at least as old as people…

Best of the Week 02.06.17

There are a huge number of wonderful blogs out there, packed full of practical advice and intriguing debates. The only issue is that they can be very ephemeral. Something wonderful is written but can be quickly forgotten. To try and combat this I thought I would try to pin down some of the blog posts…

Teach Like Nobody’s Watching

I love being a teacher. After 14 years in the classroom I just can’t imagine doing anything else. I love sharing the love for my subject and having the opportunity to keep studying it myself. I love the fact that every day is different to the last and always has new challenges. I love having…

Just another lesson

In a recent discussion on twitter, I suggested that one thing I would love to see more of are blogs by teachers discussing their lessons. Picking them apart and explaining their thinking. Showing how they put the pedagogy they espouse into practice. I have tried to do this once myself (A glimpse inside) and found…

Five ways to cut the fat

I started running about 6 years ago. At the time I was well over 19 stone and running was hard. But, I persevered and over time the weight came off as I shifted 6 stone, my fitness improved and running got easier. And then… last summer I got ill and I hadn’t been able to…

What do they know?

I wrote recently about the mess that I felt our department’s assessment system was in. Since the introduction of the new specification at GCSE, and the removal of National Curriculum levels at KS3, I feel we have lost sight of what we are assessing for. I may be speaking too soon, but I think I…