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Geography Education & Teaching Practice
Useful resources for pre-service and current geography teachers in Australia, particularly NSW. Resources aimed at helping develop holistic, passionate and creative geography educators who foster a love of learning in their students. Set up specifically for students studying EDCZ25800 at Avondale College, but available for anyone who falls into the above.
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Highly Effective Teachers

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Adelaide Parkin's comment, May 11, 2:12 AM
I really enjoyed this article and i thought it offered useful information for a pre service teacher about how to be an effective one. From this article I have learnt that a good lesson not only has to engage the audience but it has to challenge and be a appropriate to the topic as well. As stated in the article a good lesson should be intellectually appropriate for the students, it should create the right learning environment and it should be significant to the students learning.
Frida Reierson's comment, May 12, 11:53 PM
This article gave me valuable insight into the main elements that comprise effective teaching. I particularly appreciated how the QTM gave a clear overview of the various dimensions: Intellectual quality, Quality Learning Environment, and Significance. In addition, the article emphasized that consistent performance of high levels of productive pedagogy, distinguished a competent teacher from a very effective one. To further describe the components that make up a successful teacher, the article goes on to look at DCM. According to this model, the following 5 disposition clusters are essential; passionate, authentic, commited, creative, and communicative. In my opinion, the article gives a great idea of a number of attributes/elements that make up an effective teacher. It makes you realise how much one's attitude and general personality influence students' willingness to learn.
Karina Parker's comment, May 24, 11:22 PM
Becoming a highly effective teacher is something that takes effort. This article summarises some of the practices that make teachers effective in the classroom. Highly effective teachers should be authentic, committed, be good with communication with students (and parents), they should be creative, passionate and - what I would add to the discussion - teachers should be seeking to always improve their teaching practice.
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The Benefit Of Making The Curricular More Like The Extracurricular

The Benefit Of Making The Curricular More Like The Extracurricular | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
The Benefit Of Making The Curricular More Like The Extracurricular
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Although aimed at a primary school level, the concept of making the curriculum more like the extracurricular is a great concept to utilise as part of the framework for teaching Geography. Based on the premise that Geography education should be investigatory and we have a valid reason for outdoor engagement, it stands to reason that we should strongly support and actively employ this strategy in our classrooms.

 

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Courtney Mallon's comment, May 14, 3:31 AM
Outdoors learning and activities seem to fade in the higher school education. I want to create whole students and who can work, investigate, problem-solve, analyse and evaluate in a number of different environments. The five points I will definitely implement in my own classroom for learning. Let's help them "get-in-touch" with themselves and their surroundings! As a teacher I take responsibility to cater for all learning types, yes... kinesthetic and naturalistic are types of learning styles!
Ben Woodham's comment, May 14, 11:24 PM
Often schools rely on extra-curricular and after school programs as a way to meet students needs for physical health. This is not the only way to implement physical health as there are many opportunities to educate the whole child throughout the school day in all types of classes like Biology, Maths, English etc.

The concept of making the curriculum more like the extracurricular works especially well in the subject of Geography due to its investigatory nature as a subject. Planning educational field trips and then discussing the findings back in the classroom would be an excellent way to combine extra-curricular and curricular life. The five points are useful and show ways in which teachers can meet the need of the whole child.

In the classroom it is important to have balance and for this reason an extra-curricular style cannot be the only way we educate. This is because many children are unable to participate in the outdoors and furthermore some students might get the impression that academic work is something to endure.
Jared's comment, May 26, 10:54 AM
This article is a wake up call to teachers and future teachers that we cannot just rely on the students efforts outside of School. I like the suggestions that can be implemented in class to aid the learning of the students.
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GTA Bulletin: Cartoon analysis for teaching Geography. pdf

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Michelle Waters's comment, April 28, 11:45 PM
I think that a cartoon analysis is a very useful way to facilitate deeper thinking in our geography students. This is another way, alongside DeBono's 6 hats, to allow students to become thinkers and problem solvers. This article states that analysing cartoons "develops critical thinking" as well as "initiates classroom discussion and debate." They can generate their own ideas about geographical issues, a central element to teaching geography.
Nathaniel Amuimuia's comment, May 4, 9:13 PM
Cartoons are effective for young students. pictures can speak a lot especially in a geographical context. Cartoons will allow students to discuss the different views that the picture is trying to portray. in the article it mentions that interpretation is "coloured by their cultural background and socio-political experience' which would create some debate and discussions. It would be a great idea to implement cartoons in the classroom to engage students critical thinking skills.
Jared's comment, May 5, 12:13 AM
Cartoon analysis are great for students as it allows them to create their own interpretation using facts they already know. It helps the students to become deep thinkers and helps generate discussions in classrooms. Cartoons are great because it has the ability to be emotive and provocative that captures the students' attention.
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How Do You Know Your Students 'Got It'? - Education Week News (blog)

How Do You Know Your Students 'Got It'? - Education Week News (blog) | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
Too often teachers are okay assuming students know what is going on. It's time we look under the hood to figure out what actually is seeping in. How do we do that, you ask? Check out of some of these synthesis strategies.
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It is our job as educators to ensure the content we are facilitating is actually getting through to the students. This article has some tips for assisting in your awareness of content getting through. 

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Jared's comment, April 18, 8:36 PM
Being a teacher involves psychology as well. We need to find out what goes on inside the brain of the students. What's a perfect and well presented class for you may not be perfect and well presented for one student. This article suggest a variety of ideas on how to get feedback effectively from your students. Feedback is your friend when it comes to understanding how students understand and if they understood.
Courtney Mallon's comment, April 27, 2:23 AM
As teachers we need to be pushing the creative boundaries with the students as well as our teaching strategies. Don't let students regurgitating information be acceptable. Get students to apply the information and gained knowledge to new situations, experiences that are relevant to their own life. This article is fantastic as it gives some great synthesis activity examples and strategies for teachers to really know if the students have "got it".
Jennifer Scott's comment, May 16, 2:27 AM
Tests aren't a true reflection on many students' ability, or their true understanding of a concept. I didn’t like the alternative ending on this article as ending a class should be concluding the lesson or setting the student up for the next lesson, not making them do more work. The idea of a game or problem solving to see how the student are progressing is a good idea for any student in stage 4 -6. I think class discussion on a topic would work better in stage 6.
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17 main qualities that a successful geography teacher must have | Geography | Knowledge Hub

17 main qualities that a successful geography teacher must have are as follows: (i) Thorough knowledge of the subject Like the teacher of any other subject a geography teacher should have a thorough
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An interesting read and valuable reminder of what is important in teaching Geography for life learning. 

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Adelaide Parkin's comment, April 20, 7:18 AM
There are many qualities and skills a geography teacher must have and I agree with the ones listed in this article. The most important on the list being a wide knowledge base is a MUST because if you as a teacher don't know what you are talking about the students are not going to be motivated to learn. This is especially the case in geography as this is a very hard subject to "wing" as a teacher. Another thing that I love that is mentioned in this article is that geography is a subject that has an ability to be very hands on which is great for students who learn better by doing so and love for field trips and map drawing is also a must. Just one thing I as a pre service teacher would add to this list is I think a great geography teacher should have the ability to think out side of the box. Geography is such a fun subject where teachers have the freedom to be creative with there teaching and explore much further than a textbook can offer students. So the ability to think outside of the box and create a vibrant and interactive atmosphere I believe is a must to be a great geography teacher.
Karen Breznikar's comment, April 26, 9:09 PM
On reading this article the overall requirements to be a successful geography teacher seem to be knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for geography. Continued learning and keeping up with relevant developments and up-to-date equipment can only help students develop a love of geography.
Courtney Mallon's comment, May 12, 1:56 AM
Content knowledge, passion and enthusiasm are all as important as one another. I believe that a good balance of each in a teacher will produce the best outcome in the students. Teachers must implement a number of methods and strategies of teaching within their lessons. Students appreciate a variety of learning activities in lessons. To teach geography you must breathe it, what I mean by this is that you have to love elements of geography and let your students know that!
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Project-Based Learning: Success Start to Finish

Project-Based Learning: Success Start to Finish | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
An effective, schoolwide PBL model keeps both students and teachers achieving their best at this high school.
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Project-based learning is a great teaching method. Find out more about it and incorporate it into your classes and assignment planning for this subject.

 

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Teaching Using Effective Questioning in Geography.pdf

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bree's comment, November 5, 2013 3:58 AM
The resources/ strategies that have been provided throughout this document has been very useful in terms of providing (HOQ) for teachers. Thus, this way teachers can evaluate and understand where students may be at in their learning and know what type of questions students should be asking. <br><br>
Leigha Tew's comment, November 6, 2013 8:46 PM
Learning theory is critical to well established and effective teaching pedagogies. Understanding thinking skills, and questioning techniques, as well as envisioning practical applications in a geography classroom context is an important skill for pre-service geography teachers.
Zoe Wright's comment, May 6, 2014 5:35 AM
Gives you good examples of how to get the students to think more about geography by using higher order questions and also i liked how it gave you example of how to achieve higher order thinking of your students.
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Shining Eyes.... passionate teacher....Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music | Video on TED.com

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
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Although not directly related to Geography Teaching, it is directly related to your passion as a teacher!   What will you do in your teaching, and how will you do it to ensure that your students have 'shining eyes' 

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bree's comment, November 5, 2013 4:29 AM
This was a very interesting yet amusing video to watch. As spoken in class today. Our generation struggles a lot with boredom, being alone or just simply silence... Bejamin has incorporated a great teaching strategy for playing classical music when doing classroom work, this will help the students help concentrate, relax and work according to the music.
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Looking At Gegoraphy.pdf

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A useful resource looking into key aspects of Geography teaching. A good read for the passionate and dedicated Geography teacher / pre-service teacher. 

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Teacher Evaluation and Programing.pdf

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In order to be a good teacher (Geography or other) it is essential to reflect on your own teaching regularly and partake in teacher evaluation programs. This is not something to be feared, but something that will help you grow as a teacher!

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Zac Redman's comment, October 13, 2013 12:49 AM
Self evaluation is a vital part of maintaining a certain level good teaching standards. Both teachers and students benefit from evaluation of classes. A teacher can change their approach to match that of the students learning styles.
Jordan Maua's comment, November 4, 2013 6:59 PM
Sel evaluation is great way to learn from your mistakes. Students that are able to self evaluated themselves seem to do so much in exams and tests because they are able to understand where they went wrong. If us a future teachers are able to grasp that concept then we will be able to teach students and enable them to further themselves in their schooling career.
bree's comment, November 5, 2013 4:39 AM
there is nothing wrong with self evalutoin. I believe it is one of the best ways too learn espiecally from your mistakes. It will be important to incorporate this in the classroom for students, particularly when it comes to checking over exams or even future careers and getting jobs that involve a lot of problem solving/ self evaluation.
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True blue news article

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Gillard puts geography on the map - National - theage.com.au

National geography curriculum will be developed after report warns
of decline in quality of teaching of subject and plummeting student
numbers. - The Age Online
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Although this is an older article, it relates to the EDCZ25800 lecture 2.4.13. It also illustrates how influential politics can be in determining what subjects gain attention and thus credibility.

 

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Jordan Macpherson's comment, May 21, 2013 12:07 AM
One reason was a failure to engage students, with some teachers taking a "capes and bays" approach to the subject, requiring students to memorise geographical details such as the rivers of northern NSW. - This was the key line for me throughout the article, and i think Gillard has hit the nail on the head whilst saying so. From reading these other articles on 'scoop-it', i am now able to demonstrate a variety of teaching techniques which should hopefully encourage students who take the Geography class, and show others that Geography can be a fun subject to learn from.
Zoe Wright's comment, May 6, 2014 6:33 AM
This article was interesting read as it shows how geography has not been taught badly for awhile and how it was going to be change in the Australian Curriculum
Jennifer Scott's comment, May 14, 10:39 AM
This article brings attention to an issue within education that needs to be addressed. I’m shocked to read that stage 4 and 5 of geography doesn’t equip the student for stage 6. I was also surprised to read that NSW is only state that has geography taught as a stand alone subject.
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Teach Geography.pdf

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An excellent resource for those just starting out, or uncertain about facets of geography teaching in Australia (particularly NSW). EDCZ25800 students, I do give you a copy of this later in the course, but I will put it up for you now. please do not do this as a 'reading' keep it as a resource.

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Kid’s Deserve To Be Taught

Kid’s Deserve To Be Taught | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
Last year, I was very excited. After nearly half a century of walking this Earth, I was finally going to see snow – and I was as eager as a child on Christmas Eve. Like most people, we have always lived on a tight budget, and taking the family to the snow was a real …
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If we are not careful as teachers we can become slaves to the drive of box checking, and process in covering all that is required of us.  It is essential in all of this to not loose our passion and remember why we are there in the first place - To teach our kids, to give them the best opportunities of understanding this world which they are set to inherit and to make the learning they undertake significant for them. 

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Matt Bond's comment, May 19, 2:42 AM
What an interesting article, we learn best through experiences and when we have experiences we can pause and reflect on this and from we learn. We as teachers need to make sure our students have these experiences. Whilst teaching content gives the students these experiences in which they will learn from
Frida Reierson's comment, May 20, 12:37 AM
In my opinion, this was a highly enlightening article. As teachers, we often focus on making the lesson so practical and based on experience that we sometimes undermine the importance of instructions and feedback. As a result the students might stumble around in the dark, with no sense of direction or purpose. The article points out the fact that a prerequisite for the students to further understand the material is to actually teach them the basic knowledge first. Also, the article looks at the role of having clear goals and a direction for each lesson.
Karen Breznikar's comment, May 26, 12:38 AM
Great article!! As teachers we can become focused on the outcomes and forget to actually teach students what they need to know. Demonstrating and teaching those skills and then providing feedback for students as they develop those skills. This provides students a safe platform to learn and experience the topics in a structured meaningful way. This method will develop students with skills, abilities and understanding to engage with content across the curriculum.
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GTANSW_Bulletin_Key information about interpreting and implementing the Australian Curriculum.pdf

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GTA Bulletin 2014 Senior Geography Project.pdf

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Michelle Waters's comment, May 5, 11:37 PM
This article highlights the importance of the Senior Geography Project (SGP) which allows the students to “’think critically as they collect, analyse and evaluate information.’” It is interesting to note that the inquiry/research process is actually embedded into the curriculum. Fieldwork is also essential in undertaking a complete picture of Geography. This fieldwork can allow students to be actively involved in their local community, such as in a wetland or even on the school grounds. The SGP is an awesome project for senior geography students to broaden their geographical skills.
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Exploring the Role and use of narrative in Geography education.

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Valuable information of the use of narrative in teaching Geography. 

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What makes a Geography lesson good?

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Good advice to keep in mind when planning geography lessons and sequences.

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Free Resources and Tools for Replicating Project-Based Learning

Free Resources and Tools for Replicating Project-Based Learning | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
Students in Whitfield County take on a range of multidisciplinary projects.
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Glossary of Instructional Strategies

Design and planning resource for classroom teachers, instructional designers, and professors of education. The glossary lists, describes, and provides links for over 800 educational strategies, theories, and activities.
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EDCZ25800 students: This is not considered a 'reading' but rather a resource for your teaching development. Please do not comment on this as one of your weekly readings. 

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For future reference

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At first glance, I notice this had alot of pages. But then I looked closer and realised it was pages of Alphabetical ordered dictionaries names of geological terms. This is a FANTASTIC site for students in their 'spare time' to look up these meanings or every make a game out of it. Like making 2 sentence with at least 3 new words learnt. ...
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geog_essential.pdf

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Useful information on where geography fits in the Victorian Education system. * Bear in mind that some of the content in this dicument is out dated by development and implementation of the Australian Curriculum. Despite this, there is some great information in this document.

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Jordan Maua's comment, November 4, 2013 7:04 PM
Making Geography essential and understandable to the students is something that I think is not done well enough in the schools of australia. If we as teachers are able to make geo necessary to the students every day life and let them know why they need Geography then I know that Geography will be a much more essential and appreciated subject
Jordan Macpherson's comment, November 4, 2013 11:48 PM
Geography needs to be explained a heck of a lot better in our country so students know exactly what they are getting themselves in to. I think once a better explanation is given, more students will want to participate in Geography!
Leigha Tew's comment, November 6, 2013 8:55 PM
Although later adapted, curriculum such as this can provide insights into specific learning strategies chosen by smaller groups and the rationale. Awareness of the direction that various movements take on curriculum can provide valuable insights and advantages into how an individual teacher can structure and plan their individual research and future learning opportunities. I am always excited to read about the value and practice of inquiry-based teaching in Geography contexts as I believe this is a formative basis for creating schema in this KLA.
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Geography Teacher Quality and Effectiveness.pdf

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A short overseas study that outlines what lower-secondary students feel are key to a good geography teachers. 

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Zac Redman's comment, October 13, 2013 12:41 AM
The students answers about what makes a good geography teacher were quite interesting. The answers showed that the students felt it was extremely important that teachers knew their content well and weren't just a teacher to socialise with the students. It is important for teachers to understand this.
Rachel Goods's comment, October 16, 2013 10:30 PM
Its nice to hear what students think makes a good geography teacher, they don't just want a friend they actually want to learn something, So that means knowing your content well, to be a good teacher in your students eyes.
bree's comment, November 5, 2013 4:20 AM
Being a teacher in training I have come to realise a vey common term or even a realisation that knowing your content is crutial not for yourself but also for your students and the fact that your students also know if you know is quiet embarrassing. If your not confident in the area; go off and learn it. SImple.
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Program Builder: create teaching programs from the new NSW syllabuses

Create primary and secondary teaching programs directly from the Kindergarten to Year 10 NSW syllabuses for the Australian curriculum.
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A great resource that you will be able to use once you are out in the school system. For now, I have put it here as a resource so that you ( EDCZ25800 students) can be aware of it. Recognise and understand that each individual school may also have their own templates that you are required to utilise, however this will be a highly beneficial resource. 

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Zac Redman's comment, October 27, 2013 3:11 AM
This seems like a great idea and would make life a lot easier for teachers... if they were good with technology. I feel that ti would struggle with this program for sometime unless someone else could teach me how to use it.
bree's comment, November 5, 2013 4:42 AM
Program Builder! A teachers new best friend. For me personal, I am one who likes to write on paper and have it tangable on me. If I see it or type it on the computer I will forget. However, it will make my life as a teacher super handy, organised and time efficient. In saying all this, I do wonder if it will be accessible in all schools for all teachers and not just for some.
bree's comment, November 5, 2013 4:42 AM
Program Builder! A teachers new best friend. For me personal, I am one who likes to write on paper and have it tangable on me. If I see it or type it on the computer I will forget. However, it will make my life as a teacher super handy, organised and time efficient. In saying all this, I do wonder if it will be accessible in all schools for all teachers and not just for some.
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Australia needs a geographic revolution - On Line Opinion - 22/4/2008

Australia needs a geographic revolution - On Line Opinion - 22/4/2008 | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
Geography is an essential tool in determining the future direction of the Australian economy.
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A and article allowing you WTO further develop and strengthen your understanding of why geography teaching is valuable.

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Jordan Maua's comment, April 15, 2013 6:19 PM
I'm not going to lie I did struggle to understand this article. The parts that I understood helped me understand that Geography is something that needs to be taken more seriously then it already is. Geography is a fun subject and should be taught with fun and games rather then with the good old powerpoint and taking notes. We need to make it vocal to our students that Geography is very important and that it is around us everyday of our lives. I found it interesting how understanding Geography can help companies operate more effectively and better.
Gavin Bowyer's comment, May 13, 2013 4:49 AM
I like the title, 'Australia needs a geography revolution'. It's true too - and needs to start from the top (government, research, tertiary education etc.) and work its way down. This article puts forward a very strong argument that is both compelling and hard to fault. Geography is misunderstood, misused and therefore has lost its impetus for use in modern society, which ironically has developed to a point where a general understanding of geography is more important than any other era in history.
Rachel Goods's comment, October 16, 2013 10:35 PM
When teaching geography we need to be making it relevant, that means looking a relevant issues that the kids can relate to. If you use something out dated they aren't going to have heard of it before and are going to be less interested. Therefore compelling our students to want to know more about geography as they can see where it would fit with them when they go out into the wider world and pursue whatever it is that they want to do.
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Commission on Geographical Education: International Charter on Geographical Education

Commission on Geographical Education: International Charter on Geographical Education | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
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Teaching Geography through Englsh.pdf

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This is a longer resource but definitely worth the read. Provide sound ideas for helping address literacy in geography teaching ( a key component and element of both NSW syllabus and Australian Curriculum)

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Leigha Tew's comment, April 30, 2013 1:16 AM
Literacy within geography is related to the development of thinking skills and the development of communication skills. In planning a lesson, teaches should consider the meta-language to be used or learnt, the process of the input and output of content knowledge, the utilisation and development of lower and higher order thinking skills and the need for differentiation. This article highlighted three primary ideas for promoting literacy development in bilingual classrooms - task-based learning approach, performance based assessment as formative assessment and collaborative learning. Teacher explanations and pictures/diagrams were the highest rated means of assistance for bilingual students. This emphasises the need for teachers to be effective explainers. The practice and development of literacy skills can be found and evaluated through oral and written literacy but also collaborative learning and the use of games to consolidate and evaluate literacy. Finally in planning lessons teachers can begin at the framework of these four points - content to be learnt, metalanguage to be learnt, thinking skills utilised and the topical relevance to personal culture.