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Personal Geography - do we do enough of it?

Creativity and special places

My top 10 special places to see in the world

Thanks to Tony Cassidy of Kirk Hallam Community Technology College for  his idea to work with web cams to explore personal geography. It uses a site www.earthcamforkids.com

Webcams on the world  is a word document to download homework [out of lesson activity] that he has set up for his KS3 pupils.  The crucial thing is if they all pick rich English speaking locations that you discuss why that might be.  Perceptions are real and hard geography.

Now its 50 Things to do before you die

50 thingsYou have heard of 50 places to see, now its things to do.

Mike Lythgoe, Key Stage 3 National Strategy, Teaching and Learning Consultant (FS) from Blackburn with Darwen has added these to the pot.  Download 

BBC 50 things ideas.doc for teaching ideas

BBC 50 things.doc for the list as a word document

The original website is http://www.bbc.co.uk/50/destinations/things/  and you can create your own list.

50 places to see

Oliver Stokes a student from Keele University was on teaching practice at Fair Oak High School in Rugeley, when he used the 50 places to visit idea with Y8 and Y9 pupils. They were asked to create a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate their top three places that they wish to visit in a life time. Oliver used this presentation about the Grand Canyon, as a stimulus. Thanks to Oliver and Gary Dawson for this work. Examples of pupils work can be found here: I am impressed with their choice of places and their reasons and hope their dreams come true! Jack and Tom; Laura  and Hanna; Nicky and Loz; and one that only has the name Evans on it. 

50 places to see before you die

Nik Griffith from Liverpool College has offered this worksheet based on the BBC programme www.bbc.co.uk/50/ .  

His form's top five were as follows:

1    New York
2    Amazon Rainforest
3    Sydney
4    Great Barrier Reef
5    Niagara Falls

No Disneyland!!

The spatial distribution of these places is interesting in itself.  How might it compare with the spatial distribution of places encountered in our geography curriculum.  The nature of the places chosen too.  It just goes to show that the natural wonders of the world should still be part of geography.  Number 1 and 2 are landscapes. 4 Waterfalls are featured.  We should not underestimate the pull of large cities too, with three being in the top 10.  How about having a vote amongst your pupils and seeing if there are any differences?  It would also make a great introduction to a global  tourism unit.  How else might it be used? 

Thanks to Fiona Hart of English Martyrs School, Hartlepool for the list as word documents.  Get the pupils to predict the top 10.  The list and the cards for sorting. I have this vision of top 20 places in the geography curriculum that has inspired you to want to go.

The local is global

We are defined as much by our connections to different people and places as we are by our identity and the place we live. Download this simple sheet 'How are we connected to other places?' to explore the personal geography of the young people in our charge. Above all when you complete these they show that our local place is global too.

Special places

Brian Lewis and the department at St John Fisher RC High School, Newcastle-under-Lyme asked pupils in year 9 to research a place[s] in the world that they might be interested in going.  He asked them to respond in whatever way they liked.  Occasionally open ended tasks allow young people to express themselves.  Some of the creativity is impossible to represent on a website, but there were books, posters and artwork. The classrooms looked fantastic. 

Download Hattie Tsang's 15mb PowerPoint presentation which will allow you to consider an approach using the internet and ICT.   What is geography if it is not education to develop thoughtful travellers who are lovers of Planet Earth and its infinite variety? This was particularly interesting as it allowed her to reflect on her own cultural roots.

Griffin Geography Passport

Diane Truman and Steve Thomas of Cardinal Griffin RC High School, Cannock, have devised one way of helping new entrants to the school focus on their personal geographies and building on these as they start their secondary geography education. The Griffin Geography Passport is given to Year 7 pupils at the start of Key Stage 3 and forms a record of places they encounter.
The full story & downloadable file here!
 

 


 

This page last updated 03 April 2012