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Monday, April 02, 2012

Easter School: Higher reminder

We are going to try to cover the following topics; River Basin Management, Urban Change and its Management, Population, Industry, Atmosphere and Rural Geography. I'm going to use the first half of the 3 hours to look at the first two topics, as they are paper two extended answer questions and often suffer from a lack of detail in responses. The most marks in the paper are usually given for the question on the chosen river where students discuss social, economic and environmental benefits and adverse consequences of the management of the river. I think I may split the class up by distributing parts of the answer and asking the students to 'find' their group, where they can then present on. for example, the social benefits and so on. I will 'mark' their input and the students will collate any named examples mentioned as each group presents. I'm then going to ask students to pair up and we will look at two of the questions in UCM which require case study knowledge, the first about the impact of site and situation (Glasgow) and the second, an area of redevelopment (Glasgow Harbour). For both, I'm going to borrow a Tony Cassidy idea, 5 word case studies. For the first, I'm going to ask each pair to list 5 key ideas they would wish to include in their answer on Glasgow's site and situation as well as 5 locations which would provide evidence of this e.g. key idea - Religion, location - Cathedral, on raised land above the flood plain. For the second, I'm splitting this in two. First of all, 5 reasons why redevelopment needed (with location evidence) and second, a description of the changes (again, with location evidence). As students share their ideas afterwards, I will collate these on the board and then give students a chance to answer one of the questions in detail to time - so important at this time of year - and with the marking scheme provided afterwards.
In the second half of the day, I am starting with walkabout talkabout for atmosphere, as it's a topic which most students have indicated some difficulty with, followed by questions on cells and ocean currents. In the latter part of the day, I'm borrowing that paired appointments again to cover Rural, Industry and Population with a whole class review of each after completion. And then, I'm sure, both the kids and myself will be done. Everything that we produce which could be used by candidates in their revision will be posted to the Marr Geography twitter account.


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