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Friday, November 07, 2008

Wake up to the World

Population Starter
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Categories: Population, Advanced Higher, Development and Health, s1 and s2
Higher have some hydrosphere work to finish, mainly from past papers, and I'll give you some tips for the upcoming NAB. I'm then going to go straight into Population. I'd normally use a starter movie, but I think I'm going to get some movement into first period. Using the powerpoint above, I've set out stations in the class. I want students to imagine that you have the free choice to move to any of the locations in the slides. Each photograph is linked to a station in the class. When you've made your decision, I'll ask you to go to your table of choice and leave a couple of comments - why you have chosen this area and where you think it is. After we've discussed the responses, I'll tell you where these places actually are, using a spinning Google Earth globe with a population overlay. From this, I hope we can pool together factors affecting population distribution. I'll also show you this, and see if we can relate it back to our first activity- Population is growing, but where and why? What are the implications? Can we trust the numbers?
s4 go out on work experience after tomorrow, and I have my weekly slot at a time when a new topic is being introduced, Development. I'll do my usual rich list, maybe the biscuit game and if not, a developed or not activity. It's important that we think of development in terms other than just money. Advanced Higher are finishing a mapping/sampling exercise and s1 are destroying, I mean, testing the rigidity of their favelas last period.
I'd like to place on here my thanks to Miss McGill, who leaves us tomorrow. I had the benefit of a helping hand in my Higher lessons last year, which was hugely beneficial, and I will no doubt become even less organised (c'est non possible!?) in her absence. I am sure many of the students will join me in wishing her all the best in the future.

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