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“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

This book is about geography with a difference. Geography is a brilliant, exciting subject – at least it should be. However, our main concern is not with geography, it is with children’s learning and that is the difference. Geography should assist learning, not just be a load of content to be delivered, and it is this fresh approach that has attracted so much acclaim. This book is as much about professional development as it is about providing direct teaching resources. Making its strategies work effectively requires you to take risks, develop your practice and learn more about students’ learning.

“A valuable book which will help teachers create exciting and memorable geography lessons” – GA Gold Award Citation “Should be bought by every geography teacher … The book is packed with good teaching ideas and materials. I am sure I would have been a better teacher with this book to help me!…a compelling read.” – Mike Pearson – GANWR Newsletter 15

“…will engage, stimulate and stretch students of all ages and abilities” – G A Gold Award Citation

“…a genuine advance in curriculum development in geography” – Frances Slater – London Institute of Education

Thinking Through Geography is organised around 8 strategies:

  1. Odd One Out
  2. Living Graphs
  3. Mind Movies
  4. Mysteries
  5. Classification
  6. Fact or Opinion?
  7. Storytelling
  8. Reading Photographs

Each of these consists of:

  • Rationale
  • Context
  • Preparation
  • Launching
  • Instructions
  • Managing the activity
  • Debriefing
  • Follow up
  • Exemplars x 3
  • Adapting the strategy
  • Afterthoughts

“This thought provoking book…is practical and thoroughly stimulating. All self-respecting geography teachers ought to buy it, read it and learn from it” – Rex Walford, Times Educational Supplement

ISBN: 1 899857 99 0

First published 1998

Second edition published 2001

Editor: David Leat

Contributing authors: Simon Chandler, Liz Evans, Lynda Evans, David Kinninment, Rachel Lofthouse, Julie McGrane, Adam Nichols, Amber Riches, Deborah Smith 

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