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How can school ground be used for fieldwork?


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Slides to support a session at the Geographical Association's Annual Conference.

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How can school ground be used for fieldwork?

  1. 1. Young people as school space creators<br />David Rogers<br />@daviderogers<br /><br /><br />Jo Debens<br />@GeoDebs<br /><br />
  2. 2. Health Warning<br />
  3. 3. Space<br />
  4. 4. Geography?<br /><br />
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  6. 6. Thanks to<br />
  7. 7. The curriculum is not creative.<br />Teachers are.<br />
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  9. 9. Space<br />
  10. 10. Aims<br />
  11. 11. spite of a dreamer who slumbers<br />
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  13. 13. Isn’t<br />it <br />my <br />education?<br />
  14. 14. To engage learners in exploring and interpreting space, especially around school buildings.<br />To develop a core of learners that can actively, confidently and skilfully use their knowledge of the built environment to engage architects and planners during the BSF process.<br />To investigate how space around schools can be developed to maximise cross-curricular learning opportunities.<br />To provide a record of the transformation of Priory School<br />
  15. 15. What did we get up to?<br />
  16. 16. Ethos<br />
  17. 17. Naughty Learning<br />
  18. 18. Photo Bryan Legard<br />
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  24. 24. Outcomes<br />
  25. 25. Engaging with professionals<br />
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  27. 27. Magic glasses<br />Students ‘put on’ the perspective of a different stakeholder. Consider points of view of others. Debate needs, wants, desires. <br />This was to enable student voice and prepare for planning the school spaces.<br />
  28. 28. Activity: Little People<br />Take your little people somewhere you think they would feel comfortable / uncomfortable.<br />Use your phone / camera to take a photo of this<br />Be prepared to explain why you chose these spaces….think….from a different perspective<br />
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  31. 31. BBC News School Report 2010.<br />Students filmed the Space Explorers project as part of their news day, which they then shared with the outside world as well as with the rest of the school.<br />
  32. 32. Guerilla art.<br />Students created signs to help others to re-evaluate the school site, to consider new perspectives and ways of demonstrating views to senior leaders.  <br />A creative way of showing their views to others.<br />
  33. 33. ‘Desired, Inspired, Required’ board.<br />Students from Priory School collaborated with students from other schools & with the council to discuss Human Rights and their ‘needs and wants’ before drawing up plans for how to best use spaces in Priory School.<br />
  34. 34. Collaboration with other schools.<br />Students were given a budget and asked to consider how best to use and redevelop a school space. This involved debate, compromise and decision making.<br />
  35. 35. Workshop collaborating with the Geography Collective…students able to share with adults<br />
  36. 36. Up on the roof!<br />Using school spaces to encourage inspiration.<br />
  37. 37. The ‘sombrero of destiny’…the wearer gets the role of group leader.<br />Students led the way with this project, choosing activities to pursue.<br />
  38. 38. Presenting their work to senior leaders…the school leadership team, governors, local news and council were very impressed with students’ resourcefulness, creativity and problem solving skills.<br />
  39. 39. Planning school spaces with the council … learning how to debate, decision make, and compromise<br />
  40. 40. Floorplanner… 3d school space designed by students, annotated on PowerPoint and shared with senior leaders & architects<br />
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  42. 42. “I am more confident with adultsnow and put my hand up more in class too.”<br />“I was really nervous beforebut we have practised now and they are just human!”<br />“It was easy to talk to them in the end, though we didn’t always understand the words. But they probably didn’t understand me either.”<br />“We had a meeting with the Board of Governors. I felt quite nervous but it got better as the time went on.”<br />
  43. 43. What skills have you learnt throughout the project?<br />“Using computers and technology, discussing with people, working in groups, explaining myself.”<br />“Teamwork, using Google Earth and collage, speaking my mind, being creative, discussing bits.”<br />“Teamwork, using Google Earth, Presentation skills, being able to express myself, using a budget, and probably others I can't even remember.”<br />“I learnt to be more creative, to think of how to solve problems, to not waste money, to talk to important people, to teamwork, and lots of other things.”<br />
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  45. 45. Before<br />19%<br />Confidence<br />After<br />84%<br />
  46. 46. ‘Professionally <br />Stunning’<br />
  47. 47. Engaged <br />with<br />20%<br />of the<br />school <br />community<br />
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  49. 49. Geography?<br />What is your Geography?<br />Seek out and apply for external funding<br />Get Geography involved in whole school initiatives<br />Use what is on your doorstep: get out of the classroom<br />Get pupils talking to SLT and the community<br />Link projects together and embed<br />
  50. 50. Jo Debens<br />Geography Teacher<br />@GeoDebs<br /><br />David Rogers<br />Head of Geography<br />@daviderogers<br /><br /><br />