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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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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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Rachel Goods's comment, October 16, 2013 8:34 PM
These pages on how to be a highly effective teacher, puts it into theory of how to assess weather a teacher is highly effective or not. I liked the the dis-positional cluster model, I think it summed the whole thing up quite well, giving five sections that a highly effective teacher would cover, theses include passionate, authentic, communicative, committed and creative. There is a difference between knowing all this stuff, then to actually put it into practice.
bree's comment, November 5, 2013 4:04 AM
This article really makes me think twice about how much work, effort and time I should be putting into my lessons as well as knowledge. I really enjoyed reading 'Using the Dispositional Cluster Model (DCM) to describe effective teachers' part of the article as it opened my perspective of how a teacher should act and be. Such as commited, organised and caring.
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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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Ashleigh Wrankmore's comment, April 8, 12:57 AM
Informative article with some really good tips and reminders on what a great Geography teacher needs to be and do.
Zoe Wright's comment, May 6, 6:24 AM
It was an interesting and a useful reminder of what is needed to be a successful geography teacher.
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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, 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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Zac Redman's comment, April 24, 2013 5:40 AM
This article points out the use of geography, not only in the classroom, but its ability for students to learn life skills from this particular subject. The reason children may not have be choosing geography is because of the teachers. This is also talked about in the article, it appeared that geography was and is being taught by teachers who are not enthusiastic about the subject and may rather spend time teaching on other topics in a 'study of society' class. So with geography to be taught as an individual subject teachers must be excited and up to date with world issues to keep their students keen to learn.
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, 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
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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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Geography in the early years

Foundation Stage Curriculum Knowledge and understanding of the world A sense of place: Observe, find out about, and identify features in the place they live and the natural world.
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This article may relate to teaching geograhy to the early years (primary) but the concepts are still relevant. - think how you might be able to modify their suggestions to suit junior high classes.... Or even senior.

 

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bree's comment, November 5, 2013 4:50 AM
Reading this I have noticed not alot about geography has changed. The reasons why we would teach it and the skills development. Its going to be very helpful when I teach practical ideas in geography as it clearly demonstrates in the article, thanks!
Leigha Tew's comment, November 6, 2013 9:08 PM
Children begin to develop a sense of geographical awareness and understanding from the moment they are able to distinguish between two locations. In teaching 'geography knowledge' in foundational years, it is key to establish links between already formed, vague, pathways and understandings. As a secondary teacher, we can extrapolate these links and build on these understandings to establish a sound and thorough geographical literacy.
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8 Signs You Should Become a Teacher

Are you thinking about becoming a teacher? If you possess these qualities, you would probably make a great teacher!
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Gavin Bowyer's comment, May 13, 2013 4:53 AM
This is an article that I think I should read each time I sit down to do a unit plan. It is simple, and relatively obvious - but still oddly inspiring. I found myself reflecting and looking inside my own ideas and goals professionally, which is something I enjoy and consider critical for a teacher. In-fact, I think there should be a 9th point in this list, are you reflective and self aware?
Jordan Macpherson's comment, November 4, 2013 11:27 PM
Teachers have quite a large responsibility on their shoulders. Getting to teach hundreds, maybe even thousands of students will require effort and positive attributes. This article shows you how you as a teacher can benefit your students both in and outside the classroom. I like what Daniel said about teachers becoming administrators. It's too true. Teachers need to be passionate!
bree's comment, November 5, 2013 4:55 AM
I would definitely print this out and post in my little desk area for when I become a teacher. This would help me gain not only the motivation but remind the reasons/purpose why I am here and teaching. This article has shown me the benefits how to teach your students in and outside the classroom. Adding another question, are you in it for you (AKA money, time spender etc) or the students?
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Rationale, Why and Aims of Teaching Geography ACARA (taken from shape paper)

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.........................................What is geography?..........................................

 

1) Geography is the investigation and understanding of the environmental1 and human characteristics of the places that make up our world. It is described as the ‘why of where’. Geography answers our questions about why places are like they are, and how they are connected to other places. It explains how and why they are changing, and how and why their characteristics vary from place to place.

 

2) Geography provides the tools to analyse interpret and understand places and the meanings people give to them. Places are specific areas of the earth’s surface. They can be a locality, a town and its hinterland, a river catchment, a coastal zone, a metropolitan area, a major sub-national region or a whole country. Places are defined by people and consequently different people may perceive, name and define them differently. They have porous boundaries and are interconnected with other places through a range of links. These links include environmental processes, the movement of people, flows of trade and investment, cultural influences, and the exchange of ideas and information. A place’s character is influenced by the way local environmental, economic and social conditions interact with the outcomes of these interrelationships. Places are therefore both local and global, and constantly changing.

 

3) The characteristics of places studied in geography include population, climate, economy, landforms, built environment, soils and vegetation, communities, water resources, cultures, minerals, landscape, and recreational and scenic quality. Some characteristics are tangible such as rivers and buildings. Others are intangible such as wilderness and socioeconomic status.

 

4) Geographers are interested in both the similarities and differences between places. They seek to identify patterns that make sense of and give meaning to the world. To do this they mostly specialise in understanding one or a small number of the characteristics of places, through the different branches of thematic geography.

 

5) To investigate such phenomena, geographers often study their spatial distribution across many places (using space as an analytical tool). They look for regularities in these distributions. They also study the environmental and socioeconomic processes, such as vegetation clearance or migration, that help to explain these spatial distributions.

 

6) Geographers are particularly interested in place dependency. This means finding out how the same processes can produce different outcomes in different places through their interaction with local environmental, economic and social conditions. Geographers seek understanding through the operation of general processes. But they also emphasise the contingency of these processes and the resulting diversity between places. Order and diversity are equally important concepts in the discipline.

 

7) The study of interrelationships between the characteristics of places complements the approach of thematic geography. A key theme is the interaction between human societies and their biophysical environment. This involves studies of human impact on environments, both locally and globally, and environmental influences on human life. Other themes include the study of the relationships between the different biophysical characteristics of places. An example is the effects of rainfall on vegetation. Yet another is the relationships between the different human characteristics of places, such as the effects of local economic conditions on population mobility, or the effects of culture on local economies.

 

...........................................Why geography?.............................................

 

8) Geography responds to student’s curiosity about places. It nurtures their wonder about the world and its diversity. It develops a geographical imagination that enables them to relate to other places and the lives of people in those places. It equips them with knowledge of the world that allows them to understand, debate and make informed decisions on a range of current local, state, national and global events and issues.

 

9) Geography is essential to an understanding of key aspects of Australia’s environment, population, economy and society. For example, by studying their own place, and the places to which they are connected throughout the world, students gain insight into the factors that influence their locality, their community and their lives.

 

10) Geography teaches students about the resources and services that the biophysical environment provides to support their life. They learn how these are produced and maintained by environmental processes. They also discover how people perceive and use these resources and services, and change them through this use. They investigate the opportunities and constraints that these resources provide for human life and economic activity, and examine current challenges such as the ability of the Australian environment to support a much larger number of people. They also explore the sustainability of these resources.

 

11) Geography teaches students how to view the world spatially. It enables them to understand the significance of location. As well, it provides insights into how location is mediated through infrastructure, technology, and economic and social relationships.

 

12) Geography teaches students how spaces are organised and designed, and the consequences of this for different groups of people. It explores the spatial distribution of phenomena and investigates the causes and consequences of economic and social differences between places. This provides an opportunity to teach students about inequalities between places in Australia (an important contribution to national citizenship) and between nations (an important contribution to global citizenship). 

 

13) In addition geography provides opportunities for students to learn how they can have an influence as active citizens. It encourages them to question why things are the way they are. It prompts them to imagine other ways in which their world could be organised, and to investigate and evaluate alternative futures. Through their exploration and discussion of such issues, students can develop an informed view of their responsibilities towards the biophysical and built environments. Importantly, too, they gain insights into their responsibilities towards people throughout the world.

 

 

............................Aims of the K–12 geography curriculum...........................

 

14) The geography curriculum should contribute to the general educational aims set out in The Shape of the Australian Curriculum. It should also achieve specifically geographical aims. 

 

These aims include:

 

� helping students to make sense of their own experience of the world

 

� developing their knowledge of and sense of wonder about the world’s variety of places (and their environments and peoples)

 

�developing their understanding of why places are like they are, and how and why they are changing, including a sound knowledge of their own place

 

�developing their spatial awareness and understanding of locations, spatial distributions and flows, and their consequences

 

�nurturing their fascination with places through fieldwork and the use of new technologies in and beyond the school grounds and the local area

 

� fostering their interest in, and valuing of, the ways that the environment supports their life, and helping them to understand why a sustainable approach to the future is vital but contested

 

�developing their understanding of the visual, spatial and written representations of places and environments

 

�encouraging them to be thoughtful local and global citizens when making decisions that affect their lives and the lives of others

 

�helping them to develop the intellectual capabilities, knowledge, and awareness of their place in the world that will allow them to function effectively in that world, and to make informed choices about how to live

 

� learning the process of geographical inquiry, how to use it to discover new geographical knowledge and make sense of new situations, and how to be confident and creative users of geographical skills and communicators of geographical knowledge (adapted from Catling & Willy 2009, p. 18).

 

 

15) Above all, the curriculum should produce students who are enthused by geography – students who want to learn, who can ‘think geographically’, who have a well-developed understanding of geography as a way of investigating the world, and who can use this understanding to influence their own and their community’s future.

 

16) To achieve its aims, the curriculum should be engaging and intellectually challenging, and focus on depth of understanding rather than breadth of content. It should provide opportunities for teachers to connect with young people’s present and future lives, to use their experiences to make them active agents in their own learning, and to ‘challenge and excite them with content that might be beyond their immediate horizon’ (Geographical Association 2009). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leigha Tew's comment, April 2, 2013 12:46 AM
Geography is a holistic subject, geography teaching is a holistic occupation. This article is incredibly clear in its exploration of the necessity of, value of and essence of a geography teaching. This rationale of the national curriculum is direct in its aims for the curriculum and its statement of relevance. The rationale also clarifies that geography teaching isn’t about imparting facts or knowledge, it is about nurturing analytical, critical, productive and creative global citizens.
Rachel Goods's comment, August 22, 2013 10:06 PM
This reading was helpful in that it showed geography how it could be beneficial for students as a subject and its importance to students. It also helps teachers it what they should be aims to teach and what they should make geography like as a subject for the students.
Jordan Macpherson's comment, November 4, 2013 11:36 PM
This really underlies the importance that Geography is now playing both in schools and in todays world. The subject importance in school seems increasingly growing and this article would be good at getting people interested in Geography.
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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

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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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.
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Teaching for a Better World.pdf

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Kenny Watson's comment, March 31, 2013 6:52 AM
This was an interesting but to be honest some what tedious read. I totally agree however with his final conclusion that "education needs to be about developing a critical self awareness of both self and society and an understanding of what needs to change." I thought that was brilliant and is my biggest aim in becoming a teacher. Lucky me geography is a good way to facilitate that kind of thinking.
lightbulb_tree's comment, April 1, 2013 7:34 PM
Hmm...will we see history repeating?…Hicks reflects on his experiences in defending what he maintains as the essence of geography: teaching for a better world. Students who can think critically and creatively about alternate futures are students well equipped for coping in the future world. He presents the notion of an ideological battlefront where we must discern how best to teach this subject, not as an objective body of knowledge, but an analysis toolkit.
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How geography shapes cultural diversity

How geography shapes cultural diversity | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
Study offers evidence that long countries give better protection to languages than those that are wide.
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Tiani Page's comment, March 28, 2013 12:38 AM
GAVIN BOWYER'S COMMENT This particular article was very interesting to me as a history major. The thesis was interesting and there is some data that can support it. however, and as the critics suggest, there are still some questionable aspects of the research and methodology with which the conclusions were arrived at. That said, I believe there is some truth to the idea that cultures and civilizations spread along latitudinal axis rather than longitudinal. It stands to reason given similar climatic conditions and resultant ease of settlement.
Jordan Macpherson's comment, November 4, 2013 11:34 PM
This was a really informative article that i really had no joy reading. I understand the concept behind this article but as someone who has no real time for history i did get quite bored. I think that the weather conditions give some truth to the fact that cultures and civilizations spread along longitudinally seems reasonably fees-able.
Leigha Tew's comment, November 6, 2013 9:17 PM
This article is a simple affirmation of the role location, communication and social development play in spreading/maintaining languages on a regional and global scale. As a geographer, it is important to note the links in geographical literacy between the physical and social spheres of culture and historical development. In regards to this article specifically, I would agree that the climactic influence on agriculture, and the impact of agriculture on travel and trades, encourages the growth, spread and maintenance of east-west civilisations.
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8 Easy Ways to Build Rapport with Your Students

8 Easy Ways to Build Rapport with Your Students | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
One of the ingredients to successful teaching is building rapport with your students. Students are motivated to learn in subjects which they like the teacher. A healthy and happy relationship betwe...
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Jordan Macpherson's comment, April 1, 2013 11:35 PM
As much as there is a line that is needed to be drawn between how we stand as a teacher rather than a friend, there still has to be a positive relationship there. I found that whilst I was on my prac, the students were extremely well behaved for my supervising teacher because of the relationships he has built with the students. I think that the article gives a great insight in to building a rapport with students, but I still believe that there is more needed than just a rapport. As a teacher you will be assisting these students for possibly 6 years of schooling, there has to be more than just a rapport with students for you to get the best out of them and help to exceed to the best of their potential.
Jordan Maua's comment, April 2, 2013 12:23 AM
As many teachers would disagree to this article I believe all this that is being said is 100% correct and every teacher needs to understand that when a student notices you care for them then they will do anything and everything for you. There are many GREAT points in this article for teacher to read because it helps teachers become closer with their students.
I know there are laws these days about teachers and students becoming too close. But what I do not understand is: what is more important? A students enjoyment of education and seeing them succeed or pushing the students away and seeing them being a pain in the bum in the classroom?
Daniel Ratcliffe's comment, May 6, 2013 8:46 AM
I would like to say that most of this seems like common sense, but sometimes it takes stating the obvious for people to get the point. I have become a huge fan of the saying that 'people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care', and they wont know how much you care until you show them. This is what i love most about teaching; the relationships :)