CREATIVITY IN GEOGRAPHY
Some new ideas for 2006 contained here...
Creativity is defined by Chris Durbin as "opening up opportunities for students while maintaining rigour in subject teaching"
It is a difficult thing to balance, and I don't always think I do this successfully, but I'm working on it...
Another great quote is by the late Ted Wragg, and it has become one of my key quotes (that and Walt Whitman...)
There is an overlap between this page and some of the information on the NEW KEY STAGE 3 page. What I hope to put here are some good ideas for Creativity which I come across, or develop myself. These could take the form of Starters, Main Course or Plenaries.
This will also continue through 2006 as a new Key Stage 3 course takes shape for my current school.
1. AN ITALIAN JOB
A posting on the SLN Geography Forum by Noel Jenkins suggested showing clips of 'The Italian Job' when studying Turin / North Italy and pausing it to let students describe the landscapes they were seeing. Check out the FORUM for more good ideas, and suggestions for GEO Films. Can you think of any other good films to use in the classroom ?
2. ORIGAMI QUIZ MAKER
An idea of mine. Hand out a square of stiff paper, and take the students through the Origami folds to make a Salt cellar / colour changer. This is one of those things where you insert 3 fingers and a thumb and move the segments several ways, and then open out the central part to reveal a hidden colour or answer. When I was at school, you tended to write an insult on the inside, and then another person had to pick a number. You moved the salt cellar / colour changer and whichever one you stopped on, you then revealed that they were a 'smelly pig' or something similar.
Instead of insults. Students could be asked to prepare 8 questions and answers, and then select from these which ones to write on the inside of the colour changer. They could then test their neighbour, and the questions could then be collated.
I have an ancient Origami paperback by Robert Harbin, price 30p... the instructions for the Salt Cellar / Colour changer start on p.24 - I am aware of several Origami sites on the Internet which may also provide the instructions.
3. NEW CARTOGRAPHY
'The Independent' has a creativity column where people are invited to be creative... a recent column asked people to think of some creative ideas around mapping. They wanted to get maps away from what they called the 'Mappa mundane", and to try to think of things which perhaps should be shown rather than things like churches and post offices. They should tell us what we 'really want to know'. Also worth checking out Will Self's PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY column.
There were lots of interesting ideas of things which could have been added to maps. Some of them are listed below. Students could think of things that are relevant to them:
Where to get a free view of football matches
Areas where you can't get a signal on your mobile phone
CCTV 'blind spots'
Number of feet below the level of the river
Shady trees for eating your packed lunch
Bridges suitable for Pooh sticks
Areas of outstanding ugliness
Speed camera locations
Bottle banks and recycling centres
Good quality public toilets
4. TXT HMWK
Most of your pupils will have mobiles and will text each other - in fact they may be doing it while you're teaching them... There is a whole set of shorthand codes which you'll have come across e.g. C U L8R etc. - why not set your groups the task of a text message homework.
Set a limit of 200 characters perhaps. I have a mobile phone outline which is good to use too. This could be a customised clip art.
5. VIDEO / MUSIC IN POWERPOINT
This is for those interested in VAK: Visual, audial, kinaesthetic.
Get the students involved in the powerpoint by using sound, or expecting some sort of 'audience participation'.
GOING GOING GONE relates to the artwork on the Suffolk coast at Bawdsey which was present from February to September 2005
This is a classic board game. Now there is a chance to create your own board.
You can buy a board game called 'Make your own opoly', which includes a board game and stickers which you customise to suit your own area or family. There is also a website where you can enter your choices. Which other games lend themselves to the Geography treatment ?
http://www.hasbro.com/monopoly/pl/page.treasurechest/dn/default.cfm - has links to PDF files so that you can print your own Monopoly money...
Speaking of Geography games, has anyone else ever heard of 'THE WORLD ACCORDING TO UBI'. I think I may be the only person I know who has even heard of this game, let alone own a copy. The game is fab, but it relies on people having fairly detailed geographical knowledge of the location of places, and without that it gets rather frustrating. I shall add some more on this when I get the chance.
8. USING NEWSPAPERS OR MAKING YOUR OWN
http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/flash/ - FLASH downloads of newspaper pages - these will be useful as exemplar material, and you can then make your own with FLICKRTOOLS.
FLICKRTOOLS are found at Flagrant Disregard. A new tool is the Hockneyizer, which makes a Hockney collage style image from your photo.
9. CREATIVITY POSTER
Chris Durbin produced a large A1 poster which was distributed with the July 2003 issue of 'Teaching Geography' - this offers 7 by 7 ways to be creative with Geography. This is also available to buy from the GA Shop.
10. HELP FROM THE GA
Chris Kington held a rather good conference in Cambridge in late 2005, and among the speakers was Keith Grimwade. One of the presentations, which can be downloaded from the GA website had lots of great ideas on Creativity, which I have used in the last few months.
11. GOOGLE EARTH
Check out Noel Jenkins' work on San Francisco and Montserrat for use with GOOGLE EARTH.
A few postings on SLN reveal that Gavin of GeoExplorer fame is back with a new website/blog type e-learning thing called TWICT - Teaching with ICT. More on this to come....
12. Sir Ken Robinson
Many thanks to Tony Cassidy for making me aware of this talk by Sir Ken Robinson. Excellent on Creativity and Education
13. BINGO !!
GoneUnderground from the SLN FORUM recently let people know about this site.
Go to the BINGO page for the FLASH game, which was produced by a talented person at SANDFIELDS school. There are also more FLASH games which could be adapted for your use at the general page
The COUNTDOWN timer is particularly good.
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