Rachel Hawke's #TMRGS presentation Imagine you are...

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Rachel Hawke's presentation for RGS Teachmeet about encouraging imagination, curiosity, and using CUPS for proof reading

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  • Hello, I am Rachel Hawke – geography teacher at George Abbot School and on Twitter @Geog_enquirer. My ideas today come from a love of imagination. As a child I loved nothing more than a long car journey where I could daydream and imagine fantastic lands. As a teacher the time for imagination seems small and I am lucky if I can read a few pages of my book before falling asleep at night. However, imagination is incredibly important to our students learning. Geography and imagination are well coupled…
  • Year 8 students study earthquakes and volcanoes – one idea from a colleague asked the students to imagine they were going on a journey to the centre of the Earth and to describe what they saw. Some were filled with geographical descriptions!
  • At the start of a tropical rainforests topic – ask students to imagine that they have been transported to the rainforest.
  • Students struggle with empathy – in a topic on the savanna ask students to imagine that they are elephants being hunted and how it feels.
  • Applying knowledge of push/pull factors to a real world example
  • Different genres – different audience and style of writing (cross curricular links with English)
  • Can be fictional stories or information books about Antarctica – some even make the book sleeves
  • Used in an observation lesson – successful to make students think about processes as a step by step list
  • When the story writing is over, proof reading and checking work is important. Literacy at school – green pen time and proof reading
  • Rachel Hawke's #TMRGS presentation Imagine you are...

    1. 1. “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942 “He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.” Joseph Joubert Presented by Rachel Hawke (@Geog_enquirer)
    2. 2. Stimuli for written work
    3. 3. 1. Imagine that you are going on a journey to the centre of the Earth. Write a creative story about your journey but remember to include key facts about each layer!
    4. 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0160fqt
    5. 5. Proof reading

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