Category Archives: Being a lecturer

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Image source: http://www.anomalymagazine.com/zine/2011/06/10/anomaly-mag

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

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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

Measuring Spoon by Miriam Burke - Copy

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