Monday, October 30, 2006

Geography and Coursework

Today (31st October) Mr. Parkinson's groups should be doing Task B. Sorry I can't be there, but I'm speaking to the 'next generation' of teachers at the University of East Anglia as part of a session on creativity in Geography...
If you don't have a copy of the task with you, there should be plenty of spares in the plastic box file in the unit in B3 (the cover teacher will also know this...) or there is a copy on this blog...
You need to really concentrate today. You only have 1 hour and you really need to have got this task finished today, or at the very least well underway. You will have some more time to spend on your posters later this week...
Can I remind you again that:
1) This needs to be YOUR OWN work, you can't work with someone else...
2) You musn't just CUT and PASTE. None of those sections will get you credit.
3) You MUST persuade the examiner (not just me) that you know what you are talking about, and use the appropriate words in the right places
4) Don't waste time on formatting and font and things like that - there are no marks for worrying about that at this stage - get your work on the paper
5) There is a 500 word limit - don't go over !
Good luck with the task...

I had another busy half term 'holiday' and had quite a lot of Polar and Extreme connections through the week.
The Pink Footed geese started flying over my house again and spending the day in nearby fields then heading out to the Wash in the evening. These geese are part of the Greenland / Iceland group, but there is a second group, who over-winter in Netherlands and Belgium and these are called the Svalbard group because they breed on Svalbard in the Spring.
There is an interesting article HERE and another one HERE.
I also spent 4 days of half term attending a conference in Scotland at the SAGT (see image above) where I spoke to over 150 people about Google Earth. On Friday night, there was a reception on board the Discovery: a ship used by Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton on Polar expeditions. It's a wonderful historical vessel with an Extreme Environments connection. Just outside the building are lots of model penguins - will post a picture soon. Perhaps they could be friends with Tony's penguin.
There was also a demonstration of the Royal Geographical Society's DISCOVERING ANTARCTCA website, which I wrote some of the teachers' materials for.

Tony Cassidy's blog will be quiet for a few days. He's in Berlin on a trip. I'm sure he'll post about the trip when he gets back. Hope you have / had a good trip Tony!

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