Skip to main content

Popular posts....

It's always interesting reflecting on what people are reading. Since December 2009, I've used Google Analytics to keep track. This blog is a space for me to reflect, the fact that people read it is a bonus, but not my goal.

These are the twenty most popular posts in the last eight months. Just in case you missed them.

1. Why connected learning is the way forward. The use of online networks in developing learning resources for the Iceland eruption.

2. It's worth taking a look at this blog. A list of blogs that I find inspirational.

3. PLTS and Seal. Link to a planning document.

4. OCR B Controlled Assessment. The planning behind our department's journey through Controlled Assessment. Reminds me that we need to reflect on this soon....

5. How Google's Wonder Wheel and Timeline can help improve learning. Includes a brief video of the tools in action linked to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

6. Revamping Settlement Together. A collaborative Scheme of Work put together by Primary and Secondary teachers. Again, a post that I need to reflect upon. I did shape the document into a coherent scheme, and taught many of the lessons. I meant to post about each lesson, but got distracted by other issues.

7. Ofsted Questions. A list of possible question that may be asked to Middle Leaders during either a Subject or Full inspection.

8. Stereotype Mapping. Playing with maps and minds. Well, I am a Geographer!

9. What's on your iPhone?. A list of Apps and how they are used to support learning. I hope to use this as a starting point for an article in the forthcoming #edjournal.

10. Augmented Reality and Geography Fieldwork. Using the Wikitude app to support out of classroom learning.

11. Microsoft Innovative Education Forum: Berlin. A preview of the event in March 2010 including links to my resources.

12. Teachmeet BETT 2010. I didn't get to the event in the end, but this is roughly what I would have said. Video of my planned talk about using sayings from the A-Team's BA on Guerilla Geography and Improvement.

13. And time goes by so slowly. Time management and a description of how my job is everywhere.

14. Our Place Lesson 1. The first lesson of the new settlement unit referred to above.

15. What happens when you ban pens, pencils and paper? How to encourage creativity. GMy favorite lesson of the 2009-10 academic year. It came about because it was far too hot to stay indoors, so planned in a very short amount of time.

16. Getting to grips with Guerilla Geography. The results of a naughty lesson where young people shared their thoughts about school space with the whole school.

17. Autocollage and BSF. How the Autocollage tool was used, before the axe fell.

18. Geographical Conference Workshop Resources. Find out why Pinky and the Brain never succeeded in taking over the world and what that means for teaching. Details of the three sessions I was involved in delivering.

19. Bittersweet BETT. Reflections on BETT 2010.

20. I've got no idea how to use Sketchup, so how can my pupils use it? A post about taking pedagogical risks and letting pupils take charge.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

#GAConf22: A paradigm shift for anti-racist, decolonised teaching and inclusion

 " You can't start a fire,  You can't start a fire without a spark" Bruce Springsteen.  Well, it's been a fair while since I felt the motivation or the need to blog. Whilst not a story for now, over the past five years I've danced along the knife edge and, often, the call of the abyss has been both tempting and compelling. Certainly, my failing in both my personal and professional life have been numerous. But. This is not about me, but the people that have (re)ignited the spark to the fire in my soul. I realise that this is from the perspective of a privileged, white, middle class male view. I even have a beard. I am scared of getting it wrong on this topic. Teach me if I am wrong, it is from the position of a learner. I was looking forward to the GA Conference this year, the first face to face since 2019. I have to say that Alan , as president, and the Geographical Association's team did a fantastic job at being inclusive. The hybrid format allowed peopl

What makes a learning experience profound? Personal reflections and possible implications for classroom practice.

I have recently begun a Leadership Pathways journey.  As part of the first core day, we were asked to reflect on a profound learning experience. This got me thinking about how many profound learning experiences I have both been involved in, and how many I have been able to give to others.  Our group came up with a huge long list, but these are my five. Emotional Connected Demanding Reflective Collaborative As always, these are personal thoughts and quite mixed up.  I put them here so that I can look back on them (plus they’d get lost inside my world-cup-free brain) 1. Emotional I can’t think of a time where deep learning hasn’t engaged my emotions.  From being awe inspired to that tingle feeling when a student gets a light bulb moment.  From this-is-the-happiest-day-ever, to I-think-I’m-about-to die.  How often do we engage the emotions of those we teach?  Here, I would argue that having a safe learning environment is not always conducive to profound

The interview adventure: Lesson idea

Closing time Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. This is the first in a short series of posts around my successful appointment as an Assistant Headteacher at Patcham High School .  The job starts in September.  This post shares a lesson idea that would be worth a polish and revisit for any context.  I’m sharing these things here mainly for me to reflect upon and revisit at a later date, but also as others may benefit from the experience. The brief was to create a 25 minute lesson around the word ‘INSPIRE’ which forms the school’s mission statement.  The interpretation was open and I wanted to avoid being explicitly geography  linked.  Now, it’s impossible to develop a fully formed lesson in that time with a class that I haven’t met. It’s also not possible to teach an Outstanding lesson to such a group of young people, not least because I hadn’t marked their books.  With this in mind, I wanted to take a risk and show the type of creative stuff I lik