What seems like a lifetime ago, I was involved in the Geography Collective and we wrote a book called Mission:Explore. This is now a website as well as a cook book and other stuff. The idea is simple: getting young people outside exploring and learning about the world. Although Geography, there are plenty of other subjects that benefit.
We used these at Secondary and I know that Primary schools have loved using them too. I'm not sure if you can get the books anymore, but we created whole mini-schemes of work based around missions such as this one:
And a few well known Twitter folk got in to trouble at the Manchester Hilton during a Microsoft Forum doing this one (I may have encouraged)
So, why not give it a go? Here are two of my favs:
" 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
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
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