With school staff facing a raft of new iniatives, CPD coordinators must focus on developing skills to handle change

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CPD Week offers ideas for making sure that community cohesion is understood and prioritised equally by all your members of school staff

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This free geography resource for secondary school teachers concentrates on disease to be taught as a self-contained unit or as part of wider unit of work such as world development goals, urbanisation, inequality or controversial issues

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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Author: Edited by David Mitchell

Living Geography draws from recent, school-focused research to guide and support you in providing a concept based geography curriculum that is relevant, purposeful and exciting for young people. It is written for all those involved with the teaching of secondary school geography

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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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This sequence of four lessons, one of our many free geography teaching resources, is based around the enquiry question ‘Should people be allowed to destroy the Amazon rainforest?’

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Winner of the Geographical Association’s Silver Award 2008, this book is written principally for key stage 3 teachers of geography. It looks at landscapes and offers an effective framework for the delivery of geography in the classroom

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For key stages 3 to 4, this free geography activity, available to download, helps teachers to improve students’ skills in information processing, reasoning, enquiry, creativity and evaluation

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Ideal for those teaching geography in schools, this free downloadable resource is a card game that will encourage pupils to think and role-play on the issues of waste disposal

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For key stage 3 geography: embedding logovisual thinking skills in your classrooms. This tried and tested lesson plan will help teachers to help students gain an understanding of environmental change and sustainable development

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This free geography teaching resource can be used with primary and secondary school students, and is one of the many games and activities available for teachers in Using Games in School Geography

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Author: Phil Wood, Barry Hymer, Deb Michel

Use dilemma-based learning techniques in your humanities classroom to teach your students important skills that will help them make wise choices in their lives read more

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Author: Rex Walford

Enliven and enrich geography lessons with this collection of games and simulations to challenge and excite your students

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Author: Charles Rawding

“Silver Award Winner 2008, The Geographical Association”

This award-winning illustrated book by Charles Rawding shows how approaches to the study of landscape — in its broadest sense — can reaffirm the relevance of geography to pupils’ everyday lives

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Author: Liz Taylor

“Gold Award Winner 2005, The Geographical Association”

Liz Taylor explores exciting concepts and new ways of thinking in geography. How do teachers think about teaching their subject; how do they support their students to learn, re-present or re-appraise their geography? This is a challenging and rewarding book for all geography teachers

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Author: David Leat

“Gold Award Winner 1998, The Geographical Association”

Devised by ten classroom teachers active in the Thinking Through Geography Group, this exciting resource will help you create stimulating, memorable geography lessons that encourage risk-taking and develop your professional practice

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Author: Editors: Adam Nichols and David Kinninment; Series editor: David Leat

“Silver Award Winner 2002, The Geographical Association”

The follow up to the highly acclaimed Thinking Through Geography (GA Gold Award Winner 1998), More Thinking Through Geography, edited by Adam Nichols and David Kinninment, contains eight strategies to enable teachers to further diversify their repertoire of teaching approaches that really do get children thinking

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Author: Fran Martin

“Silver Award Winner 2007, The Geographical Association”

Whether you are an experienced geography teacher or, more likely, a primary teacher insecure in your geography knowledge, Teaching Geography in Primary Schools: Learning to Live in the World is for you!

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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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Geography teaching and learning is an area of innovation and exciting developments – from the everyday context of pupils’ lives to global citizenship. As well as our award-winning geography resources from Chris Kington Publishing, we have free articles, materials and case studies to inform, update and inspire your school’s experience of geography.

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