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PGCE Enquiry session

After teaching young people, working with new teachers is my favourite thing to do.  I enjoyed meeting the Secondary Geography PGCE cohort yesterday at the University of Portsmouth.  The slides used are below.  Please do remember, that the activities reviewed are a small selection. No teaching activity is effective if it is over done.

Getting to Grips with enquiry 2011
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Furthermore, remember why you decided to become a geography teacher. Don’t be afraid to develop your own style of teaching and geography, and always feel free to get in touch.

If you do want to get connected, this is what I recommend:

1. Set up your own blog.  Even if it’s private.  Reflecting on your experiences and practice is very powerful. Share your ideas with others, like you did yesterday. Don’t underestimate your own ideas.  I gained some new ones from you yesterday and the reason we like working with PGCE students at Priory is they bring new perspectives and ideas to us.

2. Follow other blogs. Maybe use a feed reader like Google’s Reader.

3. Use Google Alerts to keep up to date with geographical issues (and what is being written about yourself…)

4. Attend face-to-face sessions such as the Portsmouth Geography meetings that are run at Priory school.  Get to the GA Conference and RGS(IBG) training events. Make contacts and share.

5. Consider joining Twitter.  It takes a while to get used to (and to be honest I still don’t really ‘get it’) but follow others, respond to their questions and slowly but surely others will get in touch with you.  Just remember to fill in your profile – say that you’re a PGCE’er, otherwise you will be ignored.

Finally, if there is anything that you’d like more help with, or for me to run another session (Maybe on Google Earth tricks for example) do let me know.


  1. David

    Thanks very much for an invigorating and reassuring session yesterday. For me it came at the end of a frenetic week that had been full of questions and doubts and with very few answers - until Fri pm anyway!
    David P

  2. Thank you for the comment David. Happy to have been of service and do feel free to get in touch.


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