GetOutside Day Competition

See the previous post for my plans for tomorrow's GetOutside Day.
This is a photo competition for you if you are involved.

Share your thumbs up photos for a chance to win some prizes...

I want to GetOutside like Common People

Tomorrow is the Ordnance Survey GetOutside Day and I am going to get outside - of course.

Some of my fellow Champions are leading walks and helping out with other events as well around the country.
I have decided to try to visit as many of the Commons in Norfolk as I can within the day, and walk around or across them. Some are quite small, and others are larger. I shall start with the one in my village, and then plot a course around Breckland and see where I end up... Follow the progress on my Twitter feed tomorrow. I shall be using the OS Maps app to help locate and plot a route between them.

This is to tie in with the end of Norfolk Commons Week.
This is organised by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, of which I am a member and have supported their work for many years.

Back in the day, I used to teach about common lands, and the rights of commoners, to include pannage and turbary. This was part of the 'A' level Geography spec at the time.

Carding Mill Valley

On the second day of our recent visit to Preston Montford, we explored the Bradshaw Model, and the different changes downstream. Most of these were shown on the classic diagram which can be seen below.

We decided that we would focus on one particular aspect of the model: the changes in the channel width and depth with distance downstream. We could have explored bedload size too, but we also calculated discharge using impellers and flow meters.

The area is managed by the National Trust
We waked up the valley to Lightspout Waterfall.and then made our way down taking readings.

We outlined a systematic sampling strategy which was to sample every 200m from the waterfall.

Results are now in, and we will share some of these over on my OCR Geography GCSE blog.
Remember that in addition to this blog, I also have my classroom blog as well.

Go... Microsoft's Surface for Education

I've been given one of these to trial for the next few weeks at school, as an alternative to an iPad.
There's a keyboard case and a pencil stylus which both work well. The keyboard is a little 'tight', but has a nice action, and there is a good synchronisation with Office365 which we use. Hoping to integrate it with our Firefly system as well. I'll keep you posted...

Fashion Revolution film award

Who made my Clothes is the question asked by the Fashion Revolution campaign, which we have used in my teaching since the year it was founded, following the Rana Plaza factory collapse which claimed over 1000 lives.
Their #Whomademyclothes film has won some awards.

Exploration is part of the human condition

Benedict Allen is an explorer...
He is one of the explorers featured in Al Humphreys' book on Great Adventures too.
He was interviewed in the Telegraph recently, and there were some useful quotes on his travels which are relevant to ideas on the value of geography, and are helpful for the Year 7s who are currently looking at.
You'll need to be a Telegraph subscriber to read it now though... 

World Tourism Day

For World Tourism Day, why not download some tourism resources :)

Before the summer, I worked with a talented group of people to shape some new resources for KS2, adapted from earlier iterations, for Geography / Science focus.
The theme is on the impact of tourism, and ensuring this is minimised, so that tourism is more sustainable.
Follow this link, provide an e-mail and you can download the pack of resources.

A philosophy of travel

One of my summer reads is 'Destination Earth' by Nicos Hadjicostis, who describes himself as a 'world traveller'.
He has spent six and a half years travelling the world, and writes about it not so much as a travel writer, but as someone who takes the time to experience the places that he visits.

The book got me thinking about how tourism is defined.
There are some definition suggested in the book.
The author also explores some tools for exploring a place which could be a country or region rather than a small town or all-inclusive report area.
This includes magnification, which all geographers will be familiar with as a concept of scale and having a 'geographical lens' with which to look at the world.
One of my other summer (re)reads was Julian Baggini's 'Welcome to Everytown', which describes life in the average postcode in Britain.
He heads off to the outskirts of Rotherham, and spends six months or so living there and explores various facets of life for the 'ordinary' person. The postcode is S66, which is the postcode where I grew up.
Julian heads to Majorca, which he has previously been to, but tended to stay in somewhere like Palma, which has Gaudi buildings and a little more culture than the leather factory he visits on an organised tour.

He talks about the concept of people being 'hefted' and most comfortable in particular locations.

Travel, and tourism potentially, is an opportunity to break out of this comfort zone.

I have just finished using Fearghal O'Nuallain's resources to plan adventures with Year 7 students.
There have been some wonderful outcomes from this piece of work.

Happy 20th birthday to Google

What would we do without it?
Probably visit libraries, and do more reading...

Two decades of students and teachers has now grown up not knowing a life without it.
I've done some work for Google over the years, on a number of projects ,and of course use it myself every day.
I wonder where it goes in the next 20 years...

Gloucester Network Meeting

Thanks to Emma Espley for sending through details of yet another very useful network meeting, in association with a number of other groups and people. Some good ideas being shared here, and nice to see some mentions of the TUI resources that I helped to create on sustainable tourism.
I also liked the sugar cube igloo idea...

Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book

Excited to see this new Ordnance Survey Puzzle book when it comes out in three weeks time.
It has a range of questions and plenty of challenges, and I think will come in handy for cover and other situations where map skills can come to the fore...
Available to pre-order.

The UK in 100 Seconds - behind the scenes...

Well worth four minutes of your time...

The ideas here go well with Nicholas Crane's book as well.

The UK in 100 Seconds - Behind the scenes from Friends of the Earth on Vimeo.

The UK in 100 seconds

Making Space for Nature is a StoryMap made by ESRI UK.

Goes along with Dan's The UK in 100 Seconds, which had its premiere in London on Monday.

Interactive map of PGI foods

New feature in the OS Maps app

As an Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion, we get regular updates on developments which the clever folks behind the OS Maps app have been doing to make it even better. Here's one of the latest: Tabletop AR

There will be some more updates to come in a future blog post, but I'll leave this one here for now. Why not plan a route for Sunday's National GetOutside Day.


Best wishes to Dan for the launch of a film that he told us about when he came to King's Ely earlier in the year...

The UK in 100 Seconds: TEASER from Friends of the Earth on Vimeo.

Follow the link for all the details on the film and how to see the premiere and the discussion that follows.

Where does your Smartphone come from?

Detectorists at the RGS-IBG

Regular readers will know that I am tremendously fond of 'Detectorists', Mackenzie Crook's comedy-drama (although it's actually a little genre-busting)
I'm excited to have remotely followed a session that was run at the Royal Geographical Society's Annual Conference a few weeks ago.
When Jo Norcup first announced that there would be this strand, I started writing a contribution, and did some research for the paper I might present (although I'm far from being an academic geographer) which focussed on the way that TV programmes such as the Detectorists can then lead on to tourism, and the impacts of that on the place.
Then I looked at the dates, and it clashed with the return to school for the new year, so I was unable to go along sadly.
You can see the details of the session here, and hopefully some audio or video from the sessions is going to be released in time.
It ended with a talk from Adam Tandy, who produced the series, along with other shows such as 'The Thick of It' and 'League of Gentlemen' - quite a coup.

I would walk 500 miles...

...and I've walked 500 more.

Yesterday, I counted up on my distance tracker, and I have now covered 1000 miles since the start of the year, when I started the challenge.
You can sign up to start your own 1000 mile challenge here...

You could start it off with a walk next Sunday of course, which is Ordnance Survey's National GetOutside Day

Geography Geek Facebook page

No automatic alt text available.Helen Young has launched a Facebook page for her website, which features schemes of work, Christmas quizzes and other resources. Check it out and give it a LIKE.

Michael Palin on Erebus

It was down to the Royal Geographical Society on Thursday this week to see Michael Palin launch his new book, which tells the story of the HMS Erebus. It was a sell out event, and all there received a signed copy of the book. HMS Erebus had a varied career. I knew quite a lot about the ship already from my reading of Polar exploration, with the tales of James Clark Ross, Barrow, Franklin et al very much on my shelves.
The Erebus made some of the earliest and most successful Antarctic voyages, and found the Ross Ice Shelf, and a volcano (named after the ship)
It then made its way north, as one of the ships used by Franklin as he attempted to find the North West Passage. He told the story of the discovery of the ships, and the work of Owen Beattie, which I'm also familiar with from my reading, and previous news reports.

I was particularly taken by the fact that Michael Palin was able to visit Beechey Island, where three of the crew of 'Erebus' were discovered. This is a place that I would love to visit, along with neighbouring islands which were visited by Barry Lopez in his books.

Michael also showed images of Erebus taken by divers, and told the story of the discovery of 'Terror' too. It was good to see a packed Ondaatje theatre with around 700 people captivated by the story, and the speaker...
A late trip back home, but fortunately unaffected by the strong winds. En route, I read the first 80 pages of the book, and it's excellent. 

Tokyo - seamless video

Thanks to Fred Martin for the tipoff to this video of Tokyo.

It's an interesting seamless shot, with some cultural geography...

Champions activity update

There's been plenty of action among our group of Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champions throughout the year so far, and plenty more to come...

An upcoming event is the South West Outdoor Festival, near Salcombe, where you will have a chance to meet some of the Champions, as well as talks from Sarah Outen and Mel Nichols, who I met earlier in the year at the Champions launch.
Monty Halls will also be there, as a local.

There are also some new features coming for users of the OS Maps app, which will be revealed over the next week or so as they go live - some of them are really wonderful.

Also keep an eye out for another book that the Ordnance Survey has created to encourage walks, which has an OS maps subscription included as part of the cover price.

We are also getting ready for National GetOutside Day on the 30th of September...


Greater London National Park T-shirts

Time to get your support in for the Greater London National Park.
T-shirts are now available.

Thought for the Day

"Donald Trump isn't susceptible to logical argument. If we had a conversation about climate change it would be him saying black is white"
David Attenborough

Critical Thinking for Achievement

This is the title of a new CPD project, which has been funded by the TLIF (Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund)
It will involve the GA and the Association for Science Education (ASE) working to lead CPD events for Primary and Secondary teachers.

Here are the details from the GA website.

Critical thinking for achievement

The GA is delighted to announce that, from autumn 2018, the Association will be funded by the Department for Education (DfE) Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) to provide free CPD for primary and secondary teachers to develop the critical use of evidence in geography and science classrooms.
Under the Critical thinking for achievement project, the GA will be working alongside our project partner the Association for Science Education, to:
  • strengthen teachers’ subject knowledge and build confidence and capability in curriculum planning and teaching
  • help teachers teach reformed geography and science qualifications and curricula effectively, focusing on knowledge application, the critical use of data and evidence, construction of arguments and geographical and scientific investigation
  • make more efficient use of teacher planning time through provision of practical planning tools and quality-assured curriculum plans and resources.
Find out whether your school is eligible to join this free CPD programme here.

Check the availability for your school.
You can take part in the CPD, which will include:

  • free ‘plan-do-review’ CPD over one school term, available from autumn 2018
  • a focus on knowledge application, critical use of data and construction of evidenced arguments
  • an extension to core training on the use of data in geography and science, including geo-located and fieldwork data
  • CPD tailored to local priorities, delivered through teacher networks
  • support for teachers to apply techniques in their classroom
  • raising standards in geography and science

Joining the project

Eligible teachers are those working in schools:
Note – whilst Ofsted 3-4 schools are the main target of the TLIF fund, other schools within Opportunity Areas and Category 5 or 6 Local Area Districts may be eligible as part of a local network. Find out if you or your school might be eligible for this free CPD here.

Contact Julie Beattie ( to register your interest in joining or to enquire about your eligibility.

I work in one of the OAs (Social Mobility & Opportunity Areas) where the CPD is available to schools: Fenland and East Cambridgeshire.

NQTs and student colleagues wanted for the GA Conference 2019

You don't need to start with the big audience... find your feet with a Teacher to Teacher session, and maybe one day you get here...

The wettest water...


Bravo to OB

I've known Ollie Bray since 2005, when I was introduced to him at the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers conference in Dundee. He was presenting on technology in Geography. Our paths crossed semi-regularly since then: at BETT shows, Teachmeets, the wonderful Islay 20:20 event, and Scottish Learning Festival. I've used his resources many times in my teaching, especially his Flood Hydrographs presentation, and some of his 'on a wonk with drop shadow' images.
For the last five years, he has been headteacher at Kingussie High School, and also completed a number of epic cycling journeys as well as working with Microsoft and the Scottish Government.

I was delighted to hear that he has been appointed as Lego's Global Director of Play.
This Guardian piece from yesterday has more details.

As Ollie says in the article:

"Learning through play is widely accepted in the early years and my job will be to find ways of extending it by incorporating it into the curriculum for older children...The curriculum has to be relevant to the students’ lives.."

I'm all ready to help with that mission, and best of luck to OB in his new role when it begins...

Hurricane Florence tracking map

Created and shared by Brendan Conway - shows the value of this sort of map, using ArcGIS Online

Which is your favourite National Park?

Feel free to get the ball rolling on my poll by voting using the link you can see below.

Japan Foundation CPD event

The Japan Foundation is putting together a teacher conference later in the year, which involves my GA SPC colleague Stephen Schwab.

Details are found on the link.

Applications are OPEN for the Japan Conference for Schools that will be held on Friday 12th October 2018.

This is a free one-day conference for teachers to network and share ideas about bringing Japan and Japanese into schools.

The event is open to schools or local authorities that are new to the study of Japan, schools already implementing Japanese in their curriculum, those involved with partnerships in Japan and schools looking to enhance or develop an existing programme of Japan-related study.

There will be general sessions as well as sessions specifically geared to Primary or Secondary teaching.

This event is FREE but prior booking is essential.

The booking deadline is 5th October 2018.

Numbers for this event are limited, so we strongly urge those interested to apply as soon as possible.

Boris doing fieldwork?

While at Preston Montford, I came across this book in the library: a classic on fieldwork from Barnaby Lenon and Paul Cleves, who were teaching at Eton when they wrote this book. There was plenty here that will be familiar to the older teachers amongst us...

In the book, there is a picture of a student measuring the height of sediment on either side of a groyne.

His stance, and blond hair look a little familiar... Got me wondering :) The book was published in the early 80s, and round about 1980, a certain Boris Johnson would have been of an age to do GCSE Geography...

I've sent Barnaby a message to try to find out :)

Tampa Bay Disaster Readiness Map

UK 'Food Security'

'Disruption to our food supply is the symptom of Brexit which is likely to have the quickest and most direct impact on the British populace.’

An interesting piece by Jay Rayner, whose food journalism and books are well worth checking out if you are not familiar with them. It explores the issues surrounding the sourcing of our food, and the impact on the UK.

There are links through to a report published a few months ago, which is worth reading, and which includes useful detail, such as the data below on where the UK's food comes from...

Photograph copyright: Romas Foord for the Observer

The Prince's Teaching Institute Geography Day

The PTI offers a range of CPD for teachers. I've been privileged to work them on several occasions, in London and Harrogate, speaking about Geography-related stuff and working with some committed teachers to develop their practice.
The details of their latest events are now available on the PTI website.
In November, there is the first of a series of 4 Geography teacher events.

There's also a special day on Antarctica and Global Claims with some expert speakers.

Take a look at what's on offer...

Scotland's interactive coastal litter project

Scotland has a long coastline, as Quintin Lake would probably tell you.
Much of this is not very accessible, so there has been an effort made to map the coast, and in particular to explore the litter that is washing up on some remote coastlines and beaches, to assess the extent of the problem. I remember at least 25 years ago, visiting Skye, and finding plenty of gear, fish crates and other plastics on beaches.
The mapping project has involved flights and photographs being taken. See this BBC article for mapping and photographs....
The resulting Scrapbook project has created an interactive map of litter hotspots which can be explored.

Teachmeet Wellbeing Icons

I was privileged to have been asked to be a keynote speaker at the first outing of TeachMeet GeographyIcons, (follow the link to my blog posts on LivingGeography) and Victoria has been busy creating a new event, on the theme of Wellbeing.

The event will take place on Saturday the 16th of September, 2019, at West Kent College in Tonbridge.

Tickets are now available. There is a £10 deposit to secure your ticket, which is returned when you attend the event.

Hurricane Florence visualisation

This has had a lot of shares...

Volume 4 of Impact: Curriculum Focus

The Chartered College of Teaching's magazine: Impact has reached Issue 4, and this one is on the theme of Curriculum. There are articles on a number of Curriculum-related issues, with an introduction from Michael Young.

Most of the journal is available free online from this link.

It is worth reading Christine Counsell's article which explores different types of knowledge, but there is much to take from many of the contributions.


There is also an article in this issue by Tessa Willy (who I manned a Geographical Association stall at the BETT conference with many moons ago...) and the awesome Professor Simon Catling.

Grace Healy, who is now the Geography Specialist at the Inspiration Trust (close to me in Norwich) has also added an article on the importance of the Geography curriculum to her blog here, which is well worth reading...

Moving on

The Guardian's MIGRATION feature is excellent. It explores the scale of global migration and the reasons why people migrate in the way that they do.

There are some excellent data links and other resources relating to the economic value of migrants.

There is a link to the IOM World Migration Report.

River Severn - Gaugemap

Currently at Preston Montford FSC near Shrewsbury, and reminded that the Gaugemap website allows you to see the current river levels at hundreds of locations around the country.

Birmingham - an economic hub

"Birmingham has changed a lot, but for me it's still the centre of the universe"
poet Benjamin Zephaniah

The Discovering Britain walk for Birmingham was flagged up by the Uni of Birmingham Geography Education twitter feed, and outlines some of the economic areas of Birmingham themed around particular industries, elements of which still persist in the urban structure of the city.

Image CC licensed: Alan Parkinson


The start of the new term has taken the Year 11 students from school to Preston Montford Field Studies Centre. This is close to Shrewsbury about three hours from Cambridgeshire. After a lot of traffic caused by various issues, we had a shorter time in Ludlow than hoped, so it was a bit of a rush job around the town to explore the impact of the town's focus on food. We had just missed the food festival by a few days as it was last weekend, and brought thousands of people to the town, causing the inevitable travel chaos.
On the way back, we took some creative detours in the coach to avoid further traffic, and had a productive day in the end. More to come on the idea of food tourism in future blog posts.

Image CC licensed: Alan Parkinson

TUI Better World Detectives - the Secondary version

As you will hopefully remember, and be aware of, I worked on some Primary resources over the summer months for TUI on the theme of Sustainable Tourism (with the theme of the Better World Detectives, and also helped with some consultancy in suggesting ideas for some Secondary Resources in the same vein.
The Primary resources can be downloaded from this link.

The Secondary versions have now been added to the shiny new TUI Better World Detectives website, which is here, and the first resources are going live for you to register and download and use with students. The resource on Carbon and Energy is there now, and Local Sourcing will be coming soon...
The theme of Sustainability and Tourism is an interesting one, and connects with quite a few aspects of exam specifications, as well as being a popular topic at all Key Stages.

Nice work from those teachers involved in producing these resources...

Check them out and let me know what you think....

New GA Magazine

The Autumn issue of the GA News magazine is available to download from the website, and is packed with useful content - one of the best issues for a while. There is an interview with the new Director of the RGS-IBG: Joe Smith, and also with the new OFSTED National Lead for Geography: Iain Freeland HMI, who is also getting involved in some forthcoming GA CPD events, which is interesting.

Reports on recent GA events are also included, as well as forthcoming events such as the GTE Conference and Charney Manor, and a feature on the GA's new collaboration with Twinkl, which is an interesting development.

There's also a cracking Webwatch column of course.

Nick Crane on our 'inner geographer'

As a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, I receive copies of The Geographical Journal, which features research papers, but also covers the RGS Awards ever year, and publishes the Presidential address. Nick Crane's final Presidential address explores the way that the UK's landscape has developed, and explores the existence of our 'inner geographer'.

Nick Crane has written his book on the development of the UK's landscape, which is now out in paperback.
He has some interesting things to say which might be helpful for introducing students to the value of Geography. He references "blue marble".

"We all have a world view. It is one of the things that makes us human.... and we have to have them because, deep down, we are all geographers".

Nicholas describes Geography as "the spatial discipline that helps everyone understand our world".
He refers to the work of several geographers which provided me with a reading list to check out as well. These include Kent Mathewson, who explored the idea of 'geographical competencies' (a link with the work we did on GeoCapabilities and GI Learner as well, both of which connected with this idea) This was also an idea explored by Blaut and others in 2003, suggesting that "nearly all humans acquire the ability to read map-like models" which are called "universals" and allow us to explore and make sense of "geographical spaces".

Robert Sack said "Being geographical is inescapable, we do not have to be conscious of it..."

Nick mentioned the representations of places in early cave paintings, and encounters with animals, and reminded us of Yi Fu Tuan's notion of topophilia, and Geography's "field of care": from our own dwelling to the whole Earth.
Our stories become, in the words of Christopher Tilley become "sedimented in the landscape", and places help us to recall stories associated with them.

Plenty more to explore here...

Mark Enser's rED18 talk

This went down well with those who attended...

Countryfile Rambles - one is in Ely

Countryfile this weekend announced this year's Countryfile Rambles, to help raise money for Children in Need.
There are several walks around the country.

Ellie Harrison is going to be leading a ramble in Ely, following a short route down to the river (it's fairly easy to work out where that will be)

You need to register and apply to be picked to join the walk. Good luck to those who want to join in.

New hi-resolution map of Antarctica

Interesting news earlier of a new detailed map of Antarctica

Go to the home page.

The map can be seen here.

Maxim Peter Griffin's landscapes

I love the way that different artists interpret the landscape.

Maxim Peter Griffin lives in Lincolnshire, and explores the county noticing things that others might not, and renders them in a vivid style.

He is currently crowdsourcing a book through the Unbound platform, which he is called Field Notes and I've ordered a copy of the finished book.
It's currently about a third funded...
Here's the description from the Unbound website - you can tell it's my sort of thing...

"The art of Maxim Peter Griffin attunes itself to the spirit of a place. Or is it spirits? Griffin’s is a strange, playful, stubborn kind of vision – in the best tradition of Stanley Spencer or Eric Ravilious. He animates landscape, brings pylons to life." 
Tom Jeffreys, author of Signal Failure
Field Notes is about looking. It is about exposure to the elements. It is about deep history and the present. It is about being present in space, a space that happens to be Lincolnshire.
Field Notes is about landscape. It is about topography and time. Chalk and flint and sea marsh. The coming and going of the sea, Neolithic farmers and the razzle dazzle of weary coastal towns. It is as much about the ghost of a mammoth as it is the scream of a jet fighter, heading east. It is about movement – the strike of a brush, the pan of a camera – flames in the woods. Each drawing is a still from a film – a film that is under constant production inside Griffin’s skull.
Field Notes is part of a tradition – it is kin with the cave painters and the antler scratchers, JMW Turner, Raymond Briggs, Alan Garner and Alan Moore – it is about taking a place and looking at it over and over again and with each looking it becomes strange and new. It is about battle fields and burial mounds, old gods and dirty water, tracer fire bouncing into the mouth of the mighty Humber. It is the biography of a territory in full colour, raging in the first light of day.
It contains Werner Herzog, sausages and mild peril.

Image copyright: Maxim Peter Griffin

Sock it to them...

I was following the Geography Teacher's Association of Victoria (Australia) conference over the weekend a few weeks ago (there are some excellent geographers and geography events over there) and noticed one of the exhibitors was a clothing company called Conscious Steps.
Taking a look, I was impressed to see their products, particularly the socks. Each pair has a link to a particular charity.
Here are the socks for the 'Malaria no More' charity, with a mosquito 'badge' on them.

I was also tempted by the environment set of socks, which has three pairs in a box, each of which connects with a different environmental charity.

I took a look at the prices, but the terrible exchange rate at the moment because of the poor performance of the pound (can't think why that would be) means that I can't spend that much on a pair of socks....

Former pupils #1: Lucy Verasamy

This is one of my former pupils, who I helped teach Meteorology, and showed an early interest in doing something in weather forecasting... Iain Stewart helped her in the next stage of her education...
Any stories to share of former pupils of yours who have become prominent in some line of work? 
I can name some others (and will do in this occasional series)...

Landfill - Tim Dee

A new book by Tim Dee is about to be published by Little Toller books, who have produced several on the theme of landscapes.

A Peck of Dirt is on the theme of 'Landfill', and gives a flavour for the rest of the book.

Digital Explorer becomes Explorer Edu

I've been involved with Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop and colleague's Digital Explorer for around ten years now.
This has included:
- Google Geo meeting in Dublin
- writing for Frozen Oceans / Catlin Funded Oceans materials / Fishing resources (linked to a nef report on the oceans)
- 2nd Oceans Academy in Southampton
- a few other bits of consultancy related to AR etc.
- signing in to the Arctic Live Skype calls and involving student in live connections with Svalbard

The team are rebranding to Encounter Edu, and their new website is in Beta at the moment.
Check out the resources and sign up for newsletters about their exciting plans for the future. These include some new STEM Coding resources. Watch out for this year's Arctic Live opportunities as well.

Coming in 2019

I've been working on this a little over the summer break, and it will hopefully be completed and published during 2019.
Inspired by Russel Tarr's History Teacher Toolkit(s) which use Amazon's CreateSpace platform for publishing.
It will distill all my experience of teaching and curriculum development, plus numerous writing and resource creation projects, and tens of thousands of blog posts and website pages, into a book for all geography teachers to hopefully take something from.

Here's the proposed contents (all of this is subject to change)

1. What is Geography?

Exploring the subject discipline and how it developed – what do Geographers study? – how do Geographers study?

2. Why do we need to teach Geography?

What is the role of geography in the curriculum? – introducing the idea of GeoCapabilities – ‘a different view’: the GA’s manifesto for geography and its legacy

3. The importance of curriculum making in Geography

What is the curriculum? - Different curriculum models (picking one that suits you) – Future 1,2 & 3 – the role of the teacher in curriculum making, with some examples

4. Pedagogy: sage or guide?

What sort of teacher will you become? - A look at some different ‘styles’, with examples of how teachers might adapt to suit particular contexts

5. The question of knowledge and/or enquiry

A look at the current debate about the place of core/powerful knowledge in the curriculum – an introduction to Geographical Enquiry and powerful pedagogy

6. Finding your place in the classroom

How to create a place where students can learn, and where you are happy to spend your working day – Displays or not? – Artefacts – Routines – Important resources

7. You should get out more – how to be outstanding in your field(work)

The value of fieldwork and outdoor learning – strategies for formal and informal work – thoughts on UK and overseas fieldwork – resources for exploring the outdoors

8. Technology’s role in opening up the world

Technology and its adoption – Blogging – GIS – Smartphones – VR – Video making –- What next?

9. Will this be on the test? Assessing geographical learning

How to find out whether your students are learning – assessment formats and reducing marking – feedback rather than grades?- providing evidence for line managers

10. One size fits all?

An exploration of SEN and related matters – tweaks to help make all students comfortable – knowing your students

11. Building a Personal Learning Network

Collaboration – Networking – Social Media platforms to help inform your practice – Professional bodies

12. Writing the Earth

The power of narratives and telling geographical stories – a ‘Geolibrary’ of books for use in the classroom – encouraging better writing and use of subject specific vocabulary

13. In it for the long run

Well-being and mindfulness – routines for longevity and retention – look after yourself

14. Resourceful geography

Creating resources – textbooks or not? – co-creating materials and Creative Commons – beyond TES

15. Future geographies           

Looking to the future of the subject discipline and profession – can Geography save the world?- why we’re all living geography


Glossary of key terms

Checklists: things to do over different timescales

Before starting – in the first term – in the first year – in the first three years – beyond three years

References and further reading – building a professional library 

Here's the draft cover:

The cover by the way is an image I took of James Turrel's Skyspace Seldom Seen outdoor installation at Houghton Hall in Norfolk.

If anyone has any ideas on anything obvious you think I've missed out, let me know... and I'll tell you when it's available to order...