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Resource – Be the IDEAL Geographer

resourceAt the start of the academic year, in the first lesson I like to give a brief introduction of myself to my classes, a little about me and my expectations of them. The register is taken and then straight on with setting them up for learning.

One of the things I go through in my introductions are expectations, those I have of them and that they should have of themselves.

I haven’t changed my introduction for the last 2 years so thought I’d change things a little, thus came up with ‘Be the IDEAL Geographer’. I’m figuring that across the key stages I can make reference to it regularly, are you being an IDEAL Geographer?

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Any way, it’s one of those resources that can easily be amended to suit your school or other disciplines, scientist, historian, mathematician etc. So here is an editable version for you. Click on the image below to download it.

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Please do share your recreations of it via twitter or share a link to it in the comments.

(Note: The comment on inquiry questions is associated with the IB curriculum. More info on ACE discussions/questionning here)

Mrs Humanities

 


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Resource – Exploring England Year 7 SoW

exploring england
It occurred to me this morning that I have so many resources that I put loads of time and effort into but since moving schools in September 2016 I no longer use. I thought I ought to start sharing a few more of them.

Now I can’t promise they are any good but they might be a starting point for you.

To start with I’m sharing my Scheme of Work on Exploring England. Whilst the topic is called Exploring England, it looks more at the the United Kingdom as a whole with some exploration of the geography of England.

Lesson 1 explores the differences between the British Isles, the UK, and Great Britain. Students have to locate their location on a global, national and local level.

Lesson 2 explored human and physical features of the British Isles.

Lesson 3 takes a look at the population distribution of the UK and in particular England.

Lesson 4 encourages students to look at migration to the British Isles over time.

Lesson 5 looks at migration in more recent times and the stories of migrants, encouraging students to explore push and pull factors.

Lesson 6 is an an opportunity for some directed improvement and reflection time of any assessed work.

Lesson 7 is the summative assessment for the topic.

Lesson 8 explored symbols of Britishness and encourage students to understand the concept of multiculturalism.

Lesson 9 encourages students to reflect on their knowledge and understanding of England to explore tourism to and within the UK.

Lesson 10 finishes the topic with a look at UK governance.

In addition you will find a learning matrix for the front of student books. Simply highlight the achieved criteria in one colour and the next steps in another. Easy to use and clear for students to identify next steps if asked.

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You can access the resources, click here.

Feel free to use as you will.

Hope you can find some use out of them.

Mrs Humanities


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Resource – 3 Gorges Dam Information Collector Sheet

resourceI love an information collector activity and use them regularly with KS5 in preparation for writing essays.

I haven’t used one in a while with KS3 so thought I’d make an activity for my year 8 classes this week. We are investigating the social, economic, environmental and political impacts of the 3 gorges dam.

3 gorges dam information collector geography

Students will be given a set of resources and will use them to fill in their sheets. Nice little task that encourages student inquiry. Students will then use the information they collect in an extended writing task.

I’ve compiled a selection of facts, statements and images from a variety of sources for the students to use.

You can download a copy of the resource here.

Hope its of use.

 

Mrs Humanities


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Resource: Feedforward Book Look Record

resourceFollowing my own presentation at #pedagoohampshire16 I’ve decided to try out marking crib sheets and whole class feedback in order to be able to check books more regularly but mark less since I want marking to inform planning as much as possible.

Following on from some inspiration from @MrThorntonTeach I decided to make a marking crib sheet which I’ve called the Feedforward Book Look Record.

The idea being that I will use the findings from the book looks for plan the following lessons. That way resources, activities and next steps can be catered for the class/individuals thus closing the gap sooner rather than later.

Feedforward Book Look Record DIRT Marking and Feedback

How will it be used?

Quite simply I will look through a set of books as I do I will complete the relevant sections of the record sheet.

Praise – highlight whole class and individual successes, make note of any rewards that need to be given.

Unfinished work – make note of any students with work that is incomplete in order to discuss completion with students in class.

Misconceptions – outline any misconceptions both individual and reoccurring misconceptions to late deal with during the planning of the next lesson.

SPaG – take note of any spelling mistakes that can then be incorporated into a learning activity, as well as any punctuation and grammar errors that are reoccurring so that suitable tasks or targets can be created.

Next steps – generate any questions or tasks that can be worked upon as part of the DIRT process, also highlight any particular skills I want students to work on in the work that follows.

Assessment of understanding – here I will simply place students initials where I feel their understanding of the work lies I will probably only write out those I feel are in the amber or red categories so I can focus on them in the following lesson/s.

And there you have my version of the marking crib sheet inspired by @MrThorntonTeach

You can download a copy here.

Mrs Humanities

 

 


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Sharing Resources – TES

Evening.

Since I’m moving on from my current role and won’t be needing many of the units of work and resources I created over the past two years, I’ve decided to upload and share them for others to access and use freely.

Although I’m happy for the new Head of Department to have them, I also want others to benefit from the time and effort I’ve put into making them (and there’s been a lot).

So to view the full units of work and download any of the resources follow the links below

I will add more links to this post as I upload to the TES.

The Powerpoints are all my work, most of the resources are but some I’ve edited and reformed into pieces suitable for my classes. If I’ve failed to give credit where credit is due (more than likely) please let know and I will amend.

Feedback is always appreciated as I like to know how to improve my work, however please don’t moan about the use of Open Dyslexic font (yes, it’s happened).

You can find other resources of mine through my TES shop (although everything is free).

Hope you find the resources of use.

Mrs Humanities


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Before and After Topic Review

TOPIC REVIEW

Last week I shared the following tweet on a before and after topic review sheet I use.

It’s quite a simple but effective approach to student self-assessment.

At the start of the topic students RAG rate their understanding. Not only does this allow for the student to assess to their prior learning but allows the teacher to identify areas of confidence and thus areas to challenge the student.

Then at the end of the topic students RAG rate again. I like to do this before a DIRT lesson, this then allows me to focus a students attention to the areas in which they feel less confident and therefore allows me to close any gaps in their knowledge.

Here’s a template for the document – I print the two pages on one sheet.

Topic Review Before

Topic Review After

Hope they are of use.

 

Mrs Humanities


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Resource – Intervention Feedback Sheet

In need of a way to record intervention sessions?

Here’s a simple intervention feedback sheet to download. intervention feedback sheet

I needed something different to record interventions sessions on other than post-it notes, scraps of paper and verbal discussions so made this.

It’s quite self explanatory but here’s how I’ll be using it…

Students present – students that attended the intervention session

Notable moments – anything noteworthy, successes of individuals for example.

Points to Flag Up – any difficulties experienced by students, anything I will need to return to

Assessment of Progress – RAG rate the progress made by each student, their initials will be put in the corresponding box

Next steps – my plans for the following intervention session

Hope it can be of use.

Mrs Humanities


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Resource – Hexagon Revision Tasks

hexagon

After making the suffragette market place and visual hexagon activity yesterday, I realised how easy visual hexagons were to make.

In the final week of this term year 11 are doing some revision, after a suggestion from Mr Logue I thought I’d make a a visual hexagon activity to go along with the other tasks I have created to help them revise the current topic on the Economic Change.

changing economy

I then got a bit carried away and started making a few more. I figured I could add them as a revision resource to the GCSE Help Yourself Resource Display. I’ve not used them in class before but I imagine they are a productive revision tool, so it won’t be wasted time.

I thought I’d shared what I’ve created with you, simply go to the dropbox to access & download them.

The ones I’ve made are based around the content of the Edexcel B Geography Spec, but I’m sure they would be applicable to others.

I’ll add more as I make them. Please feel free to add your own.Mrs Humanities

Note: Visual Hexagon Inspiration from JIVESPIN

Note: I do not own the copyright to the images within the hexagons; to find the source of images please click the image in the document.

 

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Resource – Using Sources Support Mat

Using Sources Support MatAs part of the ‘Help Yourself’ Resource Station, I’ve been making ‘slow’ progress on creating resources for my students to use to develop their independence in the classroom.

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The idea is if a student is stuck they can collect relevant resources from the station to support them. Resources come in two types – topic specific such as information sheets on the subject content stored in the Current Topic or skill support such as literacy mats and source analysis overlays stored in the trays on the table below the board.

Last term one of my year groups focused on source interpretation in their History topic, next term they are looking at source analysis. To help them become more independent with this I’ve created a support mat, this is likely to be used in conjunction with the Source Overlays from ActiveHistory and on their own later in the topic/year.

Mat

Download – Source Mat

Hope it can be of use to you.

Mrs Humanities


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Directed Improvement and Reflection Time Sheets

I’ve always felt marking to be an important yet time consuming aspect of the job. Throughout my NQT year I felt that my marking went unnoticed by the students most of the time; they just wanted to know what grade they got and didn’t take notice of the advice they were given. A  lot has changed since then and I’ve realised the power of meaningful feedback.

This year I’ve worked on engaging learners in the feedback process by developing meaningful self and peer assessment as well as incorporating Directed Improvement and Reflection Time into the planning of my schemes of work.

I feel if we spend the time marking, it might as well be beneficial and productive for the students; it should have an impact and encourage development of their work. Therefore a few months ago I set about creating some DIRT sheets, which I’ve used with my classes in a number of ways. For instance after GCSE students completed an exam question, they were given feedback and re-wrote their answer to the same question – it was quite clear when marking it the second time around that the feedback had been beneficial and they’d progress. Another way I’ve used them has been after KS3 pupils have created a piece of extended writing, pupils were given feedback and then had the choice to either improve their SPaG, to level up or to quite simply improve their answer.

Since creating my original DIRT sheets which have been used across the school, as well as my departmental DIRT display I’ve become more and more interested in marking and feedback. I was recently invited to take part in the work scrutiny which I found really insightful and have since been researching additional techniques.

Whilst I was thinking about and researching marking and feedback, I decided to make a few subject specific DIRT sheets for other staff to use.
English directed improvement and reflection time geography directed improvement and reflection time history directed improvement and reflection time maths directed improvement and reflection time science directed improvement and reflection time tech directed improvement and reflection time
French directed improvement and reflection time tech directed improvement and reflection time




Can you work out the subjects?

How to use

The idea is that once learners have read and taken on board the feedback in which they are given, they then improve or level up their work on a DIRT sheet.

I’ve found they help to make the improvements stand out in their books and for some reason they help to improve presentation, which is never a bad thing.

If you’d like to use my DIRT sheets, you can find them here. 

Feedback is always appreciated.

Mrs Humanities