This series of posts is about the habits of teaching; the things we do every day; the strategies and attitudes that define our default mode. These are the characteristics of lessons that feel outstanding as soon as you walk in… no tricks, no gizmos, just embedded routine practice.
The first was about Probing Questions. This second post is about the general pitch and tone of a lesson. At KEGS ‘Rigour and Scholarship’ is our phrase of the moment, taken from our Zest for Learning jigsaw. It helps us to define the spirit of what we are trying to achieve and where we need to improve. The idea of rigour goes to the heart of what I have described as a ‘Total Philosophy of G&T’. In formal or drop-in observations, it is always true that great lessons are characterised…
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Use pages 58-63 of Pearson textbook to answer Questions 1-4.
Read the yellow box “Spotlight: The biggest estate on earth” on p. 63. Use it, the video above (and the extension video below if you wish [15 min long]) to answer the following question in about 150-200 words: Compare the management practices of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with those of contemporary management in Australia. Assess the sustainability of each.
This is Bill Gammage, who wrote a key book (The Greatest Estate on Earth) about Aboriginal land management. The first Europeans described what they saw as ‘parks’, but they never assumed that ‘wandering savages’ could have made such a thing. It is an interesting and different explanation of pre-European land use and management to what we tend to think about.
List as many words as you can think of to describe ‘environment’ or its components. [2 min]
How do humans use ‘the environment’ – ie the resources of the earth? Classify these resources as Renewable, Somewhat Renewable or Not Renewable.
Refer to this document. Outline how the earth functions as source, sink, service and spiritual.
What are some examples of these not listed in the document?
1. Finish the above.
2. Some ecosystem services are below. Give an example for each, and classify as source, sink, service or spirituality:
- Dispersing seeds
- Places for recreation and reflection
- Purifying the air, providing oxygen
- Moderating weather extremes
- Building and maintaining soil fertility
- Decomposing and dispersing waste
- Providing food and fibre
- Protection from river and coastal erosion
- Filtering water
- Plant pollination
- Providing shade
- Protection from UV rays
- Controlling farming pests
[If time … could you draw this? Feel free to do this if you wish, but no compulsion!]
In Geography this Semester we will look at:
Environmental Management and Change
Key Focus 1 – The human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability
Key Focus 2 – Urban environments: A comparative study of Australian and international eg’s
Geographies of Human Wellbeing
Key Focus 1 – Human Wellbeing
Key Focus 2 – Inequalities in Human Wellbeing
Key Focus 3 – Improving Human Wellbeing
8 groups of 3 to read from photocopy (Oxford Big Ideas – Geo 10, pp 6-12)
1 Place Space
2 Environment Interconnection
3 Scale Change
4 Place Environment
5 Space Scale
6 Interconnection Change
7 Sustainability Environment
8 Interconnection Sustainability
Answer these questions for your two conceptsin the table above:
- What is it?
- Does this concept have different categories?
- What do geographers study in relation to this concept?
- Why is this concept important?
Then, find someone who has a concept you need, and you have a concept they need. Share your answers. Discuss and clarify (go back to the handout if necessary)
I came across this a little while ago, long after it was written. After looking at social justice issues, today I’d like you to spend much of the lesson reading the blog of a young woman from Baghdad.
In the last 15 min or so, write me an email with your thoughts – so you might like to take a couple of notes, or copy/paste any quotes etc (and date of post) that you find interesting, perhaps different to your perception of living in a war zone, or living in the Middle East, or on becoming a refugee. I was intrigued by Riverbend, I hope you find her story interesting.
Start with her first posts (scroll down to the bottom and work your way up)
Read from at least one post from 2004, 2005, 2006 (choose from the archive on the right)
Then from her last few posts in 2007
And her final post from 2013
Good luck with exams, see you next semester for Ethics 🙂
This task is to be completed in the Wednesday and Thursday History lessons of Week 7 (15-16 June) and emailed to Mr Toohey by 11.35am on the 16th (ie by the end of Thursday’s history lesson)
Exam is 90 minutes: an essay on one of the class texts and questions on a given text.
Students will have a choice of writing on EITHER Romeo and Juliet OR Animal Farm. Note that there will be other novels offered, done by other classes. Don’t answer them! Write only ONE essay.
Students will also have the option of bringing in a cheat sheet.
- Single sided
- Hand written
- Quotations and dot points
- They CANNOT have paragraphs addressing key themes already written
Students should allow 60 minutes for the essay and 30 minutes to work on a critical reading.
- some of the questions offered are likely to be similar to what you have answered in the assessment task
- they are likely to be on key themes
- Romeo & Juliet: love, fate, relationships (recall that we spent a bit of time on ‘star cross’d lovers’…)
- Animal Farm as an allegory for power and organisation within society, and the increasing corruption of the ruling class
- you may choose to have a range of events, key details and quotations from both texts, or concentrate on one and hope to get a favourable question.
Please submit Issues Task through Turnitin before the end of Wednesday’s lesson – you have already enrolled in the class from the first task, but info is here just in case:
Turnitin website: http://turnitin.com/en_us/home
Class ID: 12386553
Also, please email to me as a back-up.
A reminder to check the formatting requirements for a ‘Report’ outlined on the task sheet, and to please look after an old man’s eyes:
- 12 point basic font (Calibri, Arial or Times New Roman preferred)
- 1.5 or 2.0 spacing
- Make sure your name is on it!!