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Geography thunks get you thinking

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I'm trying to get my students to think more deeply about topics, and develop their explanation skills this year. I've been inspired by Ian Gilbert's "The Little Book of Thunks" to come up with some questions that would make good starters or plenaries, and or form a thought provoking classroom display.

1. If geography didn't exist where would we be? 

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Now, before and after

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

One important higher level skill in Geography is for pupils to apply their understanding of processes to describe and explain how places change over time. To encourage pupils to apply their understanding try this task. Firstly show pupils a picture of a scene today (like the one shown below) and ask them to describe it.

Then ask pupils to hypothesise what this place might have looked like five years ago and to explain why they think this.

Finally pose ask pupils to predict how this place might be different in one hundred years time. What is possible and what is probable?

This is a really versatile technique that can be applied to a range of topics, using different time scales to suit. It also provides a great way of extending the more able pupils that you teach by adding even more factors for them to consider. For example how might this place be different in one hundred years time if global warming continues?

Responding to Emergencies

Friday, May 09, 2014

CAFOD have produced some useful new resources on how they respond to emergencies http://www.cafod.org.uk/Education/Secondary-schools/Emergencies. There is an introductory film as well as up to date information on the latest emergencies around the world. I particularly like the board game they have created on how to protect a community threatened by a flood. In addition there are resources on Typhoon Haiyan, the Syrian Crisis and rebuilding after the Haiti Earthquake.

GCSE Geography Revision Quiz - Aid

Sunday, February 16, 2014

This GCSE revision quiz is on Aid. Each time you take the revision quiz on Aid 10 questions are drawn from our database on the topic - so you get a new quiz every time!

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GCSE Geography Revision Quiz - Development

This GCSE revision quiz is on development. Each time you take the revision quiz on development, 10 questions are drawn from our database on the topic - so you get a new quiz every time!

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Half of global wealth owned by 85 people

Monday, January 20, 2014

In a new report Oxfam says that half of the world's wealth is owned by eighth five people, who could fit on a double decker bus.  The world's richest eighty five people have a combined wealth of £1 trillion, which is the same as the poorest 3.5billion people on the planet. Unfortunately this appears to reflect the growing divide between rich and poor.

"Widening inequality is creating a vicious circle where wealth and power are increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few, leaving the rest of us to fight over crumbs from the top table," said Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam's executive director.

The image below would make a great starter to a lesson on global inequalities and what we can do about it.

World forest gains and losses mapped

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A new map of forest changed has been created by the University of Maryland with the help of Google Maps.

The map shows forest change from 2000-12. Green areas are forested; red suffered forest loss; blue showed forest gain; pink experienced both loss and gain.

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Family planning in Ethiopia: demographic transition and so much more

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ethiopia has experienced falling crude birth rates in recent years - as seen in the graph from World Data Atlas below - but there is still a significant "unmet need" for family planning in the country. An article from allAfrica explores the various causes and consequences of this gap between supply and demand.

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5 great simulation games for Geography Lessons

Monday, October 14, 2013

Simulation games are a great way of engaging students, making them participate rather than just listening or observing.

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40 Maps That Explain the World

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A fascinating series of data maps here which help put things in context when it comes to broadening our understanding of the world. There is a good mixture of geopolitical, geographical, sociological and economic data here together with links that explain each data set and source further. This is one of those blog entries that simply invites exploration!

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Coastal Towns Descending into Decline - Skegness and the Poverty Trap

Have some of England's traditional seaside resorts been abandoned to a future of permanent poverty? That looks like it might be the bleak prognosis for Skegness which has come top (or should I say bottom) of a listing of socially-deprived resorts.

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Study Note - Global Inequalities and Natural Hazards – Soufrière Hills Volcano

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Natural hazards affect vulnerable populations, and one example of how the effects of a natural disaster were exacerbated by a lack of development is the Soufrière Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat (not to be confused with La Soufrière on the island of Saint Vincent, or La Grande Soufrière on the island of Basse-Terre).

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Study Note - Global Inequalities and Natural Hazards – Slow or Rapid Onset?

Global inequalities are exacerbated by human and physical factors, and the impact of earthquakes, epidemics and famine have a lethal reputation in the less economically developed world.

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Study Note - The Development Gap – Using Crude Birth Rates and Death Rates

The AQA GCSE geography specification states that birth rates and death rates can be used as measures of development. So how are these calculated, and what actual use can they be in determining how well developed a country is?

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Study Note - The Development Gap – GNP per Capita

Gross National Product (GNP) per capita is often used as an indicator of development. GNP can be defined as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of a nation together with any money that has been earned by investment abroad, minus the income earned by non-nationals within the nation.

This is then divided by the number of people living in that country, to provide a figure of GNP per capita. GNP and GDP are usually expressed in US dollars.

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Study Note - The Development Gap – Human Development Index (HDI)

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite indicator of economic development that includes non-economic statistics in an attempt to provide a development measure that is not purely monetary.

The HDI was established by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 1990, and splits countries into four development categories: Very High Human Development, High Human Development, Medium Human Development and Low Human Development

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Study Note - The Development Gap – Indicators of Development

There are many different measures used to assess the Development Gap, and each one offers an alternate way of dividing up the world with regards to how developed it is. Here, we shall look at some of the more common indicators of development used in Geography.

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