Category Archives: Being a lecturer

If you could teach just one thing

Setting up new course designs for the year, my colleagues and I have been talking about key themes, headlines, and core content. As well as all the detail, we need to be able to identify the big picture in what

If you could teach just one thing

Setting up new course designs for the year, my colleagues and I have been talking about key themes, headlines, and core content. As well as all the detail, we need to be able to identify the big picture in what

Tips for giving talks (1)

I will soon be starting the 2nd semester of the academic year, when my 1st-year students are asked to make their first “serious” spoken presentations. Of course they have had some practice speaking in small groups and giving micro-presentations, but

Tips for giving talks (1)

I will soon be starting the 2nd semester of the academic year, when my 1st-year students are asked to make their first “serious” spoken presentations. Of course they have had some practice speaking in small groups and giving micro-presentations, but

Giving that first, painful, negative feedback…

This is the time of year when I give the new 1st-year students the feedback on their first attempt at a University Geography essay. The way I have been handling this for the last few years involves a certain amount

Giving that first, painful, negative feedback…

This is the time of year when I give the new 1st-year students the feedback on their first attempt at a University Geography essay. The way I have been handling this for the last few years involves a certain amount

Geography still exists

I was pleased this week to see a job advert that confirmed my increasingly unfashionable belief that Geography still exists. Many of my colleagues tell me that other than for the purposes of low-level teaching there is no such thing

Geography still exists

I was pleased this week to see a job advert that confirmed my increasingly unfashionable belief that Geography still exists. Many of my colleagues tell me that other than for the purposes of low-level teaching there is no such thing

Science is a messy, human affair

In my previous post I bemoaned the tone of voice in which modern textbooks are written, so it was only appropriate that in the week since I wrote that I have encountered three books that somewhat restore my faith. They

Science is a messy, human affair

In my previous post I bemoaned the tone of voice in which modern textbooks are written, so it was only appropriate that in the week since I wrote that I have encountered three books that somewhat restore my faith. They

Twitter? For an Academic Geographer?

I have used Twitter both personally and for academic work for several years now, and have reached the point where I take it for granted as just one more means of communication. It’s really good for some things, not so

Twitter? For an Academic Geographer?

I have used Twitter both personally and for academic work for several years now, and have reached the point where I take it for granted as just one more means of communication. It’s really good for some things, not so

The tea spoons of Geography (lens cap for scale)

A few days ago I tweeted a picture of my dog, Gus, posing for scale in front of some rocks and I said: “To enliven field reports, occasionally use something other than a lens cap for scale. A dog, for

The tea spoons of Geography (lens cap for scale)

A few days ago I tweeted a picture of my dog, Gus, posing for scale in front of some rocks and I said: “To enliven field reports, occasionally use something other than a lens cap for scale. A dog, for