Category Archives: Teaching ideas

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

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

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

Encouraging students to “engage with” feedback

Feedback is a big issue in University teaching just now. The National Student Survey and the various league tables of how good each course is supposed to be quite reasonably emphasise the importance of giving timely and appropriate feedback on

Encouraging students to “engage with” feedback

Feedback is a big issue in University teaching just now. The National Student Survey and the various league tables of how good each course is supposed to be quite reasonably emphasise the importance of giving timely and appropriate feedback on

The Ten Commandments (for Geographers)

Alain de Botton recently published a list of “ten commandments for atheists”, and I thought it might be fun to try and think what the ten commandments for Geographers might be! It might also make a good teaching exercise, getting

The Ten Commandments (for Geographers)

Alain de Botton recently published a list of “ten commandments for atheists”, and I thought it might be fun to try and think what the ten commandments for Geographers might be! It might also make a good teaching exercise, getting

The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel

If you are looking for tutorial activities or between-classes projects for students, or if you just fancy have a little Geography adventure of your own, you could do much worse than consider one of the experimental travel games in The

The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel

If you are looking for tutorial activities or between-classes projects for students, or if you just fancy have a little Geography adventure of your own, you could do much worse than consider one of the experimental travel games in The

Tutorial – how we look at the world

Something I tried in a tutorial this week went down quite well with the students. It was part of my series of tutorials geared towards helping students to see the world differently, to realise that there are different ways of

Tutorial – how we look at the world

Something I tried in a tutorial this week went down quite well with the students. It was part of my series of tutorials geared towards helping students to see the world differently, to realise that there are different ways of