We’ve been collecting your stories about the inspiring and encouraging experiences you’ve had at work during 2008. Here is a collection of the geography themed responses you sent to the question, What has been your most positive experience at work this year?

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With the 2008 Olympics being based in China, many schools have been turning their attention to the country for inspiring lessons and lesson plans. Robert Sinclair offers some ideas

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Key stage 2 lesson plans for exploring the Beijing Olympics to meet learning objectives in geography and citizenship, particularly for gifed and talented pupils, provided by Caroline Coxon

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In 1992 South Africa was allowed back into world sport. The reborn sporting nation has had remarkable national team success and has hosted major sports events – but is it being matched by integration? Chris Green reports

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Daniel Raven-Ellison shows how geographical thinking makes sense of the world

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Geography can reward the inquisitiveness of young children, says Steve Mynard

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Why has geography lost its status? Dr John Hopkin, chair of the Geographical Association’s Education Committee, looks at ways in which geography can be put back on the school map read more

Geography is the poor Cinderella of the primary curriculum. Where did it all go wrong and what can be done about making primary geography teaching higher on the agenda? Paula Richardson makes some suggestions read more

Kato Cruwys Harris explains how teachers can make geography more relevant to society and young people by incorporating lessons on citizenship

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If students are to be expected to develop independent learning skills and critical thinking facilities in geography, we need to instill and practise questioning skills. Phil Wood and Colin Patterson explain how students in their school are being encouraged to ask questions of their own

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