Monday, 14 July 2014

Update Me: Creative Approaches to Inspirational Geography. Course Resources

David Rogers presented this session at the RGS-IBG a few days ago.
If you haven't seen any of David's presentations, this will give you a flavour of his ideas.
Plenty of interest here...



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As he says of this presentation:
Whilst you have to be there for the delivery, and some features of the talk have been taken out, the main messages are below:
  • Get over Gove and get on with it.
  • A strong department vision and commitment to the basics of quality literacy and numeracy are needed to drive inspirational geography.
  • Inspirational geography is built upon simple yet effective ideas that drive sustainable change.
  • Guerrilla Geography goes to the heart of what geography is.  More important than fieldwork is the subject’s unique position to all young people to understand their school and local context and actually change it.  Geographers study people and places so that we may understand the world better, and then change it for the better.
  • Sometimes, some one needs to be prepared to go toe-to-toe with the Head.
  • Inspirational Geography is not about putting Restless Earth around options time or running overseas trips for a minority of students.
  • Inspirational geography is inclusive, challenging and depends on expert teachers with expert subject knowledge.
  • Sometimes, you need to go to the coffee house or pub for a two hour department meeting.
  • Inspirational geography means avoiding the fossilisation of the subject. This means binning older case studies and using ‘floating topicality’ to ensure that the content remains relevant

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