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…

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…

Building an excellent lesson (Part Two)

Yesterday I wrote about an activity we had used in our department CPD session to consider the component parts of an excellent lesson – you can read about it here. The outcome was this graphic which shows the things that we, as a department, currently feel are effective ways to ensure that learning happens in…

Building an excellent lesson

One of the many things I love about my school is that they are giving more CPD time to departments. Before we start the term 6 frenzy of lesson planning, I wanted to spend some time exploring what we felt would make an excellent lesson and to record our ideas so that we could explore…