Substitute “ learning ” and “ human knowledge ” for place and space
A familiar cry?
3 classroom ideas and a website to give meaning to space
Fake Planning project to get students to think about their local area. Subvertising in the local community. What would you miss most if it disappeared?
The most controversial caused several complaints.
An idea from geographer Alan Parkinson. Research a place, identify the key components and recreate inside a box
Resulted in extraordinary creativity across the ability range
Katie has never been to Vietnam
But she completed this short piece of writing about her place
that seemed to recreate the real HaLong Bay perfectly – not just the landscape but empathy with people
Working with an ICT teacher Lee Turnbull, the class used Soundation to create “ soundscapes ” for their boxes. Links to this work and fake plans on digitalgeography.co.uk
No point in doing fieldwork if you know what the outcome will be in advance. Here ’ s a Year 8 student in the boiler room of an old textile mill. This place may or may not become a museum. The buildings were “ space ” until the students visited, carried out fieldwork and imagined what sort of place should be created from the derelict buildings.
Investigating topocide is one of many “ missions ” on Mission Explore
Teachers can create mission explore groups for their class. Can join with other schools and local organizations to create mini adventures and investigations.
A flavour of Mission Explore… Great for Geography but links to Art, English, Maths, Drama, ICT
Curiosity about place is something we should never grow out of. The TV studio at the end of the world, underground somewhere near Bristol.
Turning Space into Place
“Place is security,space is freedom” Yi-Fu Tuan
A place comes into existence when humans give meaning to a part ofthe larger, undifferentiated space. (Tuan)
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Some ideas to help students to (re)connect with place
Fake planning notices… What would you miss from your local place if it was to disappear?“Our proposal is to turn The Chocolate Box into a KFC. The reasonfor this is because Wellington does not have a fast food takeawayand we have a lot of cafes.”If you disagree with this please tell us on our website
“We are proposing to change NatWest, Fore Street, into ‘Wellingtonreptile house’. The reptile house will be funded by Amphibian Inc; andNatWest plan to be moving to Swansea. Sorry for any inconvenience.”
Landscape in a boxKatie’s box..representingHa Long Bay,Vietnam
Katie describes herbox…I have always lived in HalongBay.Here, on our little Bar-hangwe are born, we fish, we die.We spend our lives floatingabout in the bay, neverstepping on land.Life here is peaceful, no bills,no loud streets or tiresscreeching.We live here. In the grasp ofnature. By Katie Drohan
Find evidence of topocide Go somewhere you like that is in danger of disappearing or changing forever. What is threatening to kill this place? Take photographic evidence and submit it to your local authorities. Topocide is the killing of a place and can result in buildings, landscapes and meaningful places being lost forever.http:/www.missionexplore.net/mission/Find-evidence-of-topocide
Be on TV…Put on a performance for a CCTVcontroller. You could improvise a short play, show offa dance routine or hold a full blown talent show. Bring the ghost pier back to life… Spot the ghostly remains of Westward Ho!’s Pier at low tide. Bring the pier back to life in your mind and draw what you think it may have once looked like. Write a strange(r) play… Go to a charity shop and buy some random clothes that used to belong to other people. Draft and perform a short play about the strangers who used to wear the clothes. RIP… Find the oldest person buried in your local graveyard. Leave a flower on their grave.