Well today was based primarily around getting an idea of what my students knew about the world around them. The yr9s started the day off by drawing maps of the world on the tables and did a pretty good job of getting most of the continents in roughly the right places. I then realised i had taken my desk cleaner home so that put a stop to any more desk writing for the day ... and all my other classes got to have a look at the work of the yr 9 students ! All my classes were then given a blank map of the world and i asked them to write in as many continents or regions they knew. It was great to see that so many of them were able to fill in quite a few or were generally in the right area. And of course, as I've found in many other classes over the years, there is still that confusion over Africa and South America.... and what they do remember is often just as interesting... two students knew exactly where Scotland was and another two in a different class could label Chile ..
We all then looked at a map of Europe with a list of the names of the countries... now that was a challenge ! The year 9 class got a copy of their map of Europe filled in to keep in their books as most of the work we are doing will be focussed on that region. The yr 10 geography class had a long lesson so we ended playing around a little with Shepphard softwares geography game website and then had a Geogussr challenge - won in a landsliding victory by the green team, with chocolate frogs to celebrate their victory !
The Yr 10 history class finished off their lesson by playing spot the difference in preparation for looking for differences between pre and post war Europe.
A really productive day today and i feel i know a little more about my students and where their knowledge about the world lies.
This blog is a record of the day to day classroom activities for teachers, parents and students. This is also a bit of a personal record for myself on how things are going and what each class is working on.