Geogramblings

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UK Geography teacher, environmental activist and doin' that green thing! Currently on sabbatical for 2017-18: see geogramblings.com!
 
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The monitoring of greenhouse gases globally is an exceptionally important job and is highly logistical. The Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases (CCGG) group of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Global Monitoring Division (GMD)
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I had the opportunity to visit the Solar Decathlon in Denver 2017. I put together this resource to match the part of most GCSE Geography syllabuses that focus on urban growth and sustainability. Some slides are region-based (east of England) and for
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Serves both as a GCSE Geography case study and decision making practice. Just a re-jigged resource that I created for the death-throes of the 2012 OCR-B syllabus! ***I am on sabbatical for the 2017-18 academic year. Please check out my sabbatical
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This scheme of work reflects content changes to the KS3 Geography syllabus. The Geography Student Leaders and members of the Geoggers extra-curricular club were heavily consulted and part of this unit has been written up in partnership with them
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One-page revision sheets. One side information and the other side tasks to practice recall. A range of topics. I make these up as and when they are needed by our students. Hopefully useful! Topics include: - Changing UK Industry - Demographic
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Our GCSE (senior) students need to get their teeth into detailed case studies for their exams, so we try to structure resources in a way that allows them to summarise complex and specific information. Here the students use video, images and factual
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A simple task exploring the three aspects of sustainability (social, environmental and economic). Makes for a good homework, The "SEE Stool" of Sustainability by Steve Rackley is licensed under a Creative Commons
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Students explore push and pull factors of rural-to-urban migration in LEDCs/developing countries using a set of mystery cards. It is based on a woman who lives in rural Gambia. The task encourages co-operative and dialogic learning, and then asks
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Our GCSE (senior) students need to get their teeth into detailed case studies for their exams, so we try to structure resources in a way that allows them to summarise complex and specific information. Since our school is in Norfolk, UK, we have a
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I remember reading the giant IPCC report on Climate Change as part of my degree, that time spent actually came in handy later as I used the report to rustle up a handout about climate change in the Alps as part of a unit about tourism. I ended up
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A simple set of worksheets to explore the patterns of population distribution and density. Includes "missing words" help as differentiation. Population Distribution & Density by Steve Rackley is licensed under a Creative Commons
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I created this resource involving teachers from Malawi through the Norwich-Dedza Partnership. A different take on typical 'site & situation' tasks! Many thanks to my good friend, Mr Francis Mpakati of Umbwi Secondary School, Dedza for his help
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I created this resource for visiting Primary Schools as part of a Malawi Conference, involving teachers from Malawi through the Norwich-Dedza Partnership. The cards are a fun way to explore what Malawi exports to the UK, and the spider diagram gets
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We have a unit on World Sport which covers that year's major international sporting event. This lesson is about the participants of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Pupils learn were the countries are from, but also explore whether the wealth of a
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These resources are designed to be used as a 'jigsaw' (co-operative learning) activity, to help groups of students learnt about the common development indicators. Development Indicators by Steve Rackley is licensed under a Creative Commons
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I wanted to bring the Haiti earthquake to life in the classroom. Learning about it through textbooks or the news was a little dry, so I did some research on the news and packaged some together to form a resource. I use this for some role play
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Designed as a homework task. These differentiated worksheets ask pupils to consider the advantages and disadvantages of rural-to-urban migration in China. China Rural to Urban Migration by Steve Rackley is licensed under a Creative Commons
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Designed to be a homework task. These differentiated worksheets ask pupils to consider the unintended consequences of the Chinese One Child Policy. China One Child Policy Unintended Consequences by Steve Rackley is licensed under a Creative Commons
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A fun way of exploring what is meant by stereotypical views and perceptions using the Simpson's visit to the UK! This pack contains differentiated resources, including a Polish EAL version. It is not totally necessary, but for full use of these
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Full lesson materials to demonstrate how climate graphs work using water and bottles. You'll need a set of used washed drinks bottles (500ml-ish), blue food colouring and some string. Of course, I cannot supply you with the physical materials over
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Started full-time teaching Geography (Earth/Social/Environmental Sciences) in September 2005. Become Head of Department in 2011. I have been fortunate that my career so far has led to amazing professional development, such as organising field trips as close as the Norfolk Coast and as far away as Yellowstone National Park. In 2013 I was part of a group who worked with teachers in Malawi. I am currently on a year-long sabbatical, mostly in the United States. Please check out my blog at Wordpress, which details my experiences but often framed as a resource bank for other teachers. Feel free to share my blog with your colleagues!

MY TEACHING STYLE

Active, sometimes dramatic! (Also have a drama background). I usually like to steer away from using textbooks, but do see the value of them with some learning objectives and lessons. I aim to be very visual, interactive and creative with my resources. I am a total digital geek - and like to use GIS and social media in learning (e.g. Twitter).

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My work has often been used as examples of outstanding practise within my regional network (Norfolk, UK). In 2013 and 2016 I led the Geography department at my school to the UK's Geographical Association's Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) National Award and Centre of Excellence, in which lesson provision, planning and materials formed a substantial part (see the GA SGQM page.) I am now beginning to have articles published in national educational magazines and give talks, lectures, training and CPD to teachers and trainee teachers nation-wide.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

A degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, UK (2001-2004). Completed my teacher training in 2005.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My name is Steve Rackley, a UK Geography (Earth/Social/Environmental Sciences) teacher, environmental activist and doin' that green thing! Currently on sabbatical for 2017-18: see geogramblings.com!

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