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Brushing up on my Geography

Discussion in 'Geography' started by jessica_rosebignell, Apr 29, 2019.

  1. jessica_rosebignell

    jessica_rosebignell New commenter

    Good morning all!

    I'm a prospective secondary geography PGCE-er and I'm a little worried that my geography may not be up to scratch. I left school nearly 15 years ago now so want to get studying. I've already picked up a GCSE revision guide but want to expand on this if I can.

    Could anyone recommend some more useful resources worth looking at please?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. neilmhart

    neilmhart New commenter


    Subject knowledge is massively important and it is key that you have a depth of knowledge as you start your course but don't worry too much. My geography degree has very little in common with the topics we are currently teaching at GCSE and A-level, almost everyone is only able to become a real specialist in a few of the topics we cover.

    I would suggest that GCSE and A-level textbooks are a good place to start as well as newspapers and National Geographic type mags as they give you the up to date bits of knowledge that you can just throw into conversation and catch the students interest.

    You will pick up most of your knowledge as you go through the course planning lessons or making use of any available on here. I upload lessons to TES but obviously having researched and found the information in them I am better placed to teach them. I would recommend that you plan as many as possible with the associated research or if you download them that you conduct the background research.
  3. MissGeorgi

    MissGeorgi Occasional commenter

    Download some of the free TES resources, especially recent stuff.

    Old exam papers

    Schoology for A level

    Not sure if you’re in a position to do so but spend a week “work experience” in a Geography dept in a local school? Important to do that for PGCE too.
  4. freckle06

    freckle06 Lead commenter

    Schoology for gcse too.

    Prisoners of Geography is very good. Bill Bryson’s shirt history of nearly everything has some found geography.

    Beginners guides books are very useful too upload_2019-5-16_20-1-27.jpeg
    I agree with the work experience- teaching is do much more than the subject!

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