After a very long day, just finished the new work on GCSE rivers - upper, middle & lower course using our major river - La Garonne - as the focus for the study. Proved to be quite an interesting journey researching the exact location of the source and using a shared Google map that Paul Sturtivant kindly showed me how to do earlier in the week. Plenty of maps, videos and imagery to use with the students in class. Hopefully they'll find it more interesting than a generic study of one of the places in the OCR B textbook.
Since arriving in France, I have made a big effort to include as much local geography in the syllabus as possible to develop the students sense of place - something I believe to be particularly important when helping the students integrate into their new surroundings. This has worked well for me too as it has forced me to go out exploring (actually, not much forcing needed at all, I love it!) I am very keen for the students leave their little bubbles and willing to venture out and about. In this part of the world, outdoor pursuits possibilities are numerous with the Pyrenees and coastal areas being within a reasonable distance and we make the most of this in our geography trips every year. It's pretty good for their language acquisition too!
On geographypods you will see many examples of local French geography in the Toulouse and south western France region. Not much use for most people but an alternative that can be adapted.
Y11 parents evening tomorrow so having an evening off and well away from any computers!!
Link for the work is here: http://www.geographypods.com/river-features.html
Just a quick one. Managed to update Year 7 tornadoes work, IB Global Interactions - Outsourcing and IB Hazards - Introduction. Using this site in partnership with Rich Allaway's GATW site to teach my IB Higher Level students. Also managed to produce some resources for GCSE Population & Settlement unit. Updating this as I go along so it should take until May 2012. Again, using GATW for certain tasks - no point reinventing the wheel and the stuff on there is great and perfect for the OCR B Geog course. More soon although a busy week coming up with IB commission as well as Y11 then Y13 parents evening.
Author of geographypods.com.