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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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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.
Josh Waring's comment, November 22, 2015 5:19 PM
It was interesting reading about what students think makes their geography teacher a good teacher. This article highlighted to me the importance of knowing your content and how this is the most common thing students picked up on. This is an important thing and teachers need to learn their content areas if they're not confident in what they're teaching. Lack of confidence is easily picked by students and at that point your students are not going to learn from you because you've lost their respect.
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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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Courtney Mallon's comment, September 16, 2015 11:42 PM
The 5 elements of an exceptional teacher in the Dispositional Cluster Model, is very helpful. During my study (pre-service) years, I hope to construct my own meaning and understanding from knowledge, and develop in each of the 5 areas in the diagram. I expect that over the years of teaching I will develop strengths and gain skills to broaden my umbrella to stop me from getting wet. Teaching is not just a job, it is an ever changing, self developing, lifestyle career.
Ben Woodham's comment, October 12, 2015 7:29 PM
The Quality Teaching Model implemented in NSW along with the DCM provides a platform for the teacher to build on their professional experience. The elements outlined in the Dispositional Cluster Model revolve around teacher authenticity and commitment to both students and parents through a means of communication. These are the elements that make an effective teacher. The article goes on to say that there needs to be "congruence between words and actions, between what you say and what you do". I believe this should be important in a teachers personal life but even more so in the classroom where the teacher is a role model to the students and should inspire them to learn. With the way technology has developed no longer is the teacher just a content pusher. Instead they should model learning towards students and provide a base of support and understanding.
Josh Waring's comment, November 19, 2015 5:12 AM
This article really puts into perspective become a highly effective teacher. The summaries of what an effective teacher are brilliant. The 5 elements of an exceptional teacher has given targets to aim for once I'm out in the field teaching.
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effective-teaching-of-geography-is-final.pdf

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A simple list to get you thinking about what effective Geography teaching is. Open your mind and get thinking and questioning what is effective and how YOU can be effective in educating young minds about the expansive issues they are a part of in our world. - Love teaching, Love Geography - Spread the passion!

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Madeleine Carr's comment, November 9, 2015 11:24 PM
i agree that effective learning takes place when a student is aware of their input to the community they are in (local), country and globally. I believe this is effective once you have addressed an issue, then given them the options as an individual to be able to make a change. I believe that cross curriculum learning is an important part of education as it can pull out a students prior knowledge and cement the concepts by backing up the information they have already learn't. I agree with the learning doesn't take place when points, especially the point where the teacher is just relaying information to their students without adapting the content to individuals needs.
Josh Waring's comment, November 22, 2015 5:58 PM
This list is so simple but yet such a good way to inspire you to be an effective geography teacher! There are a number of things on the list that you would not think about having not being prompted. So much of our students success springs from our passion and knowledge and preparation to teach them.
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Theme-based Geography Education As an Effective Method of Teaching.pdf

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Learning environment plays a significant role in engaging and directing learning and motivations. This article helps lay out the importance of developing and placing intentional thought into making the Geography learning space exciting, relevant and engaging. Be inspired...

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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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Nathaniel Amuimuia's comment, November 12, 2015 5:13 AM
Experiancial learning can be a very hard task to acheive with a lot of planning and time to be put into it. but when it is done right and planned well, students will be able to gain so many more expirences than just sitting in a classroom and doing it the way they've always taught. The 5 points are great and can be implemented into a classroom. This can develop a students geography skills and also knowledge.
Madeleine Carr's comment, November 17, 2015 8:54 PM
This is aimed at primary school, however i believe that many students would benefit from this idea being incorporated into the classroom. I believe that physical needs do need to be met in a classroom and this could be incorporating the drama or music aspect into the classroom. Many student have a lot of energy and you will always see them up and wandering around the classroom. i believe that this students would benefit from interaction in the classroom. It is also an opportunity for us to make the content more fun and unique. This will change up the regular school learning repetition of sitting in a chair and a classroom for an hour. I am really encouraged to mix my teaching strategies up after this and aim to make my classroom different to encourage participation.
Josh Waring's comment, November 22, 2015 4:32 PM
Even though this article is tailored towards primary aged students it highlights how effective experiential learning can be! Creating the best possible experience for students to learn from takes lots of hard work and planning but it pays off when done correctly. I believe that experiential learning is always going to be more beneficial and more exciting than classroom learning. Implementing these experiences into the classroom rather than relying on is important because not every student has the opportunity to experience them outside of school. I think that implementing these ideas into the classroom (or outside of the classroom) are going to help students develop their knowledge and understanding of the content.
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GTA Bulletin: Cartoon analysis for teaching Geography. pdf

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Nathaniel Amuimuia's comment, May 4, 2015 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, 2015 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.
Jennifer Scott's comment, September 28, 2015 10:25 PM
A picture can tell a thousand words. This can be true about cartoon, as it can illustrate a perspective or an idea that a textbook cannot express. Cartoon in a classroom can deepen student knowledge by getting the student to asks more questions that trigger high order thinking.
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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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Adelaide Parkin's comment, October 5, 2015 6:26 PM
assessing student knowledge is essential and i am not talking about an end of year exam but tasks that you can do at every lesson so the teacher can determine how effective the learning was that lesson. If teachers don't do this they do not know where there class is at and instead the teacher is basically teaching blind. These suggestions and ideas are great and i have used numerous ones of them to conclude my lessons on prac.
Nathaniel Amuimuia's comment, November 9, 2015 9:43 PM
Too may times while teaching (especially with primary age kids) I think that students understand what i have taught. Even when asking "do you understand?" they all nod and say yes, it just becomes a habit for them to say yes. The ideas in this i can implement in my classroom to assess student learning after every lesson. this should be done almost every lesson especially after important lessons.
Madeleine Carr's comment, November 17, 2015 10:56 PM
these are great ways to not only mix up a conclusion and make the end of the lesson fun, but to grasp an understanding of where your students are at regarding the content and to know what you need to revisit and teach in a different way the next time. Its really hard when you ask students if they have got the content and they may appear to and then to find out later when exams or assessments come around and they are really struggling. Its a good way to prevent this and also encourage students along the way leading up to assessments and exams.
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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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Karen Breznikar's comment, April 26, 2015 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, 2015 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!
Madeleine Carr's comment, November 17, 2015 9:21 PM
This article outlines some major points. As teachers we need to have the skills and also the understanding of the curriculum to be able to then teach. At the same time we need to know students and how then learn (GTS standard). We need to encourage students to love the world to the make a change. We need to encourage culture and travel, we need to develop a sense of self worth in the world to then make an impact and make a change. Geography teachers have an incredible opportunity to encourage all different types of people to understand their strengths and then to act on those strengths and make change
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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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Madeleine Carr's comment, November 17, 2015 9:26 PM
this is really encouraging. I would love to have an opportunity to have project based learning as a whole class. And in this case the results increased for different subjects. Hopefully that would be the case. Also i find that team research is extremely encouraging for everyone involved and you as the teacher got assign research topics to make sure that every students feels included and relevant and feel a sense of accomplishment upon completion.
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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.
Jennifer Scott's comment, September 28, 2015 9:36 PM
There is truth in what Ben said. If an audience isn’t engage with the performance that isn’t their fault. As a teacher, if we want students to be interested in our classroom then we should be passionate about what we teach.
Adelaide Parkin's comment, October 12, 2015 6:28 PM
This was an interesting video, there has been studies to show many benefits to classical music and i could see how it would help with concentration. But at the end of the day is there classical music being played in the exam? Its questionable whether or not the music would be conditioning students to be most effective in that environment therefore creating an artificial environment and effecting a student in exams? At the end of the day of you as a teaching are not engaging the students there no amount of classical music is going to benefit them in the classroom.
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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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The Geography Teacher as an Effective Classroom Manager.pdf

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Classroom management in any content area is one of the core keys to facilitating and driving effective and engaged learning. This article presents insights and ideas on how the Geography teacher can use their content and subject specifics to assist in behaviour and classroom management. 

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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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Adelaide Parkin's comment, October 5, 2015 6:21 PM
This article is so true, because of the paperwork and restrictions put on teachers no days it is far to easy to loose focus on what is important. Yes outcomes are important and they must be met but they should not be the thing that drives your classroom, every class is different and it is your job as a teacher to find out how they learn in order to best teach the outcomes. Activities, ICT and creative tasks are excellent way to help struggling and even advanced students pick up concepts. Remember student centered learning equals outcomes met not the other way around!
Nathaniel Amuimuia's comment, November 9, 2015 9:38 PM
I done a diploma in outdoor rec and i can kind of relate to her snow trip but this article is so true. Kids deserved to be taught and they deserve to be nourished so they can learn and grow. We should take our time with students in implementing the ideas from the article. Teach them how to learn and the content can follow. As teachers our goal should be to let these kids grow
Madeleine Carr's comment, November 17, 2015 8:44 PM
I feel as if this article is spot on. It is enough for a teacher/somebody to tell you something, however personally i am visual and need to be shown. Many of times I personally have been assed on something I have never done before or ever been shown how to do (this is normal and common), however through this i have realised how hard it is to learn without foundational knowledge. We as teachers need to recognise that our students may have never been introduced to the content we are teaching to them and that this can become extremely over whelming. This article has also cemented my drive to call upon previous knowledge to not only make it relevant, but to make it easier when the content becomes difficult.
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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, 2015 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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Frida Reierson's comment, August 25, 2015 10:39 PM
In today's Geography classrooms, imagination seems to be undervalued. The author argues that imaginative discourse is a crucial aid in creating a link between the content and students' lives. In the author's words, as a result "...knowledge is personalised and, in this sense, comes alive". I strongly agree with this statement, as imagination is what helps the students create visual images in their minds and connect these with the subject matter. Furthermore, I found the article highly informative and interesting in terms of outlining the significance of imagination in schools. As a teacher, I will definitely include opportunities for students' to use their imaginations in a variety of ways, and to continually develop this ability.
Michelle Waters's comment, August 26, 2015 2:21 AM
Imagination is really a beautiful thing that schooling often stamps out of students. Students are moulded into the curriculum and the necessities of assessment and often replace their imaginative minds with essay writing skills and maths formulas. What I really liked about this article is that it explores the idea that teachers should encourage students to be imaginative. We can do this through assessments (as we looked at in yesterday’s class). As the article says, teachers can use “geographical imagination as the foundation for more intellectual or critical inquiry and, in class, the co-construction of knowledge. Let’s foster students’ imagination!
Madeleine Carr's comment, November 17, 2015 9:07 PM
I am extremely encouraged to include narrative writing in geography. I love the encouragement of imagination. Imagination is incredible and so unique and would encourage students to be unique in the classroom. i love the idea of presenting them with a photo or short clip for them to then create a story based on where their imagination takes them when they explore geography. And I'm also encouraged by this article to not only include narratives for unlocking the students imaginations, however generate ways to unlock their imagination on a regular basis.
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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

bree's comment, November 5, 2013 4:07 AM
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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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.
Josh Waring's comment, November 22, 2015 5:19 PM
It was interesting reading about what students think makes their geography teacher a good teacher. This article highlighted to me the importance of knowing your content and how this is the most common thing students picked up on. This is an important thing and teachers need to learn their content areas if they're not confident in what they're teaching. Lack of confidence is easily picked by students and at that point your students are not going to learn from you because you've lost their respect.
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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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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.
Josh Waring's comment, November 22, 2015 6:02 PM
What a handy tool! Having this resource is going to make programs a lot easier to plan and a lot faster! Being competent with technology is going to be handy especially when attempting to use this tool. Having a slightly more in-depth explanation for each area of this tool would be handy.
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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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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.
Michelle Waters's comment, October 6, 2015 7:41 PM
This article criticises how geography has previously been taught in the classroom and how it needs to evolve to show the ‘better’ side of the wonderful subject. It states that “enhancing the geographic education of Australia is important if we are to have an innovative and productive future.” This is completely relevant for us as teachers as we are the primary source of geographical knowledge for many of our students. It is imperative that we show out students how the world interacts and how they can be active global citizens.