Get other people to teach Geography for you!
Ewan Laurie - Head of Sixth Form - King’s College School, Wimbledon
(also experimenting with stripped down presentations)
If Hijack Geography is the answer, what is the question?
Hijack Geography partially cures:
- reductions in lesson time and SMT ambivalence
- underpopularity and low take up of Geography at GCSE
- misconceptions about what Geography really is and why it’s relevant
Go beyond cross-curricular inter-departmental stuff
- Providing development datasets (e.g. Gapminder) to Maths so they can use it
in their teaching.
- Combining with other subjects (e.g. Design Technology designs earthquake-
proof buildings whilst you teach tectonic hazards).
- Working on core skills (e.g. Travel writing competition based on summer
holidays judged jointly by English & Geography).
Use an opportunist approach - be daring!
- School has “off-timetable day” with “ Global/Environment/World/something
similar” in the title. Major opportunity!
- Get current, then act. Pop up classroom, lunch queue (e.g. mini lesson on
refugee crisis). Mangle the syllabus if you need to.
- Relevant geography behind school charity events. A 10 minute assembly to
600 pupils is worth several days of teaching.
- “Snow day” competition (use email, VLE, whatever).
Get someone else to do it…
- ICT department spends significant portion of KS3 teaching GI/GIS packages
(not just Google Earth)
- Your senior students run your Geography club/magazine/etc. under your
- Department-based charity initiative.
- Other subjects are now coming to you to feed on your success! Home for tea