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Advice appreciated!!!

Discussion in 'Geography' started by daybreak07, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Hi all,
    I am an experienced teacher of RE who has just landed a job that involves teaching KS3 Geography and History. In the upper school I will be teaching philosophy which I am fine with. I am really excited about teaching the other subjects but must admit I am not sure where to start with Geography and History....add to this the fact that I teach in Scotland and for the first time will be grappling with the English National Curriculum!
    So, my question is this: what (friendly!) advice would you give someone in my position with regards to resources, web links, tips etc. I am not even sure if there are lesson plans etc in place in the department I will be going to (I start in September), so I have the next 7 months to fumble my way into these subjects.

    Thanks in advance.

     
  2. Hi all,
    I am an experienced teacher of RE who has just landed a job that involves teaching KS3 Geography and History. In the upper school I will be teaching philosophy which I am fine with. I am really excited about teaching the other subjects but must admit I am not sure where to start with Geography and History....add to this the fact that I teach in Scotland and for the first time will be grappling with the English National Curriculum!
    So, my question is this: what (friendly!) advice would you give someone in my position with regards to resources, web links, tips etc. I am not even sure if there are lesson plans etc in place in the department I will be going to (I start in September), so I have the next 7 months to fumble my way into these subjects.

    Thanks in advance.

     
  3. Well done on the new job. I'm a geography specialist who teaches a lot of RE since going part-time so I've done the reverse! For Geography, I would try to get an overview of the NC first and just brush up generally on subject knowledge. Once your timetable is decided you can then focus more precisely on what you need to know. If they already know what year groups they want you to teach for Geog then you could start now. I would ask if all relevant departmental resources for the autumn term could be sent to you on a disk or something (or at least the schemes of work emailed).
    There are lots of great geography websites - I think many are listed already in the forums if you search them.
    Good luck.
     
  4. armandine2

    armandine2 Established commenter

    Geography is the in subject, the new black .... walk down any high street and wonder at the numerous outward-bound glad men over 30, .. go out on the access land and marvel at all the outdoors activities going on. You will be selling to the solvent, the zeitgeist, and it will carry you along to some extent, your task is to impart functional skills appropriate to the subject ... think on with your fine philosophy.
     
  5. The Royal Geographical Society has produced a large range of KS3 modules aimed at teachers like yourself; these can be found here http://www.geographyteachingtoday.org.uk/ks3-resources/resources/
    They contain module plans, resources, lesson ideas, and most importantly for non specialists like yourself, a fact sheet of information so you can read up about the background of the topic before you teach it! There are also some subject knowledge tutorials here http://www.geographyteachingtoday.org.uk/ks3-resources/online-cpd/ that you might find useful.
    If you are asked to lead any fieldwork (most likely schools grounds based or in your local area), our fieldwork resources may also help you out. There are loads of ideas and activities available here http://www.geographyteachingtoday.org.uk/fieldwork/
    There's loads of stuff on our GTT website http://www.geographyteachingtoday.org.uk/ so I recommend you start there and have a good look around. Also look out for future RGS-IBG teacher CPD events, details of which will be posted here once they become available http://www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/Training+and+CPD/CPD+and+training.htm

    Hope you find this useful
    Claire, Education Dept, Royal Geographical Society with IBG c.wheeler@rgs.org
     

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