Geography in the News

Do you have a wall in your classroom with geography news on it? Or have geography news electronically on your school intranet?

Students love it when they can see the relevance of what they are doing in class with what is happening in the real world.

Just yesterday i saw that the level one Geography students at Napier Girls High School were looking into how prepared their community is for a tsunami – so cool for the students to see Geography in Action as it were – collecting primary evidence essentially as they evacuated to higher ground.

Here are some articles about the Tsunami alert:

People urged to move to higher ground

An Earthquake swarm

Scientists prevented from travelling to the Kermadecs because of COVID-19 – a blessing in disguise

2021 Kermadec Earthquakes

Kiri Allen – Emergency Management Minister speaks about the tsunami alert

Collecting vegetation data at Tongariro? Species data recognition charts and data collection sheets

Where would you find these plants? Does the vegetation in this region follow a pattern?

Species recognition chart

Species chart 2

Data collection sheet

Species and data collection charts 1

 

These are sufficient for the data collection points that we go to, but are based off Darron Gedge’s Geography channel on YouTube. They are basic but do the trick.

I usually print these in A3 and laminate them, students use vivid to write of the remainder of their data collection information.

Thanks to Mallory O’Brien from Rangitoto College for these ideas.

Protecting kaimoana on Waiheke Island – a case study on kaitiakitanga

We used this article at the beginning of the year to explore Geography Concepts. ‘Sustainability’ is the obvious concept to apply but we also got the students to think about linking ‘perspectives’, ‘change’ and ‘environment’ to the story. It also provided an excellent platform to discuss ‘kaitiakitanga’.
There is a short video clip in the link below that supports the story, especially the viewpoint of the local iwi Ngati Paoa.
Source: https://www.tourismwaiheke.co.nz/play/rahui/
Thank you to Gill Hanna at Avondale College for this cool resource.

Join the AGTA

Now is the time to renew your membership to the AGTA for 2021 (or join us!)

Follow this link to register your interest to join. Following this, you will be invoiced the rate for your membership. Once payment has been received and processed, you will be notified of your membership for 2021. Note that this can take a little time, as we are all full-time teachers like yourself.

Rates for 2021 are:

Auckland schools $45.00

Other schools $35.00

Individuals $35.00

Trainee teachers $15.00

Currently, all those who requested membership during 2020 continue to have active memberships. These will remain active until the committee decides a cutoff date for membership payments later this term. If you purchase a membership for 2021, your access to our site and resources will continue to remain active and you should notice no difference.

Any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at agtassociation@gmail.com

Do you want to get your students reading? Here is a fun way to do this.

Play the Sentence Hunt game.

Give students a piece of reading to do – here is one I have used in the past with Year 13s – I normally give them the reading for homework (the ones who read it are advantaged the next day when we play the game).

Historyoftourism

Then, on a powerpoint or google slides select a few words from the “reading” which the students are to find.

Divide the class into small groups and they can then find the words in the document. the first team to find the words says where the phrase is and I normally get them to sat something like – Line 3, paragraph 2.

It works really well at all sorts of different levels (Years 7-13) – and it is fun.

But, the best part is the students get involved in reading. (I find my students come up with all sorts of great strategies to ensure that they win!

Here is my example of phrases – i have used with the above article.

Historyoftourism sentence hunt answers

 

PS. Sometimes I give the teams bonus points such as:

In the style of spelling bee – spell ………

OR

What do you think that this might mean for NZ in COVID times?? etc etc

 

Christchurch Earthquake – 10 years on

Thinking about all the staff and students who were affected by the Christchurch earthquake 10 years ago.

The earthquake struck the Canterbury region in New Zealand’s South Island and was centred 6.7 kilometres (4.2 mi) south-east of the centre of Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-most populous city. The earthquake caused widespread damage across Christchurch, killing 185 people in the nation’s fifth-deadliest disaster.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/20/trauma-and-transformation-christchurch-earthquake-survivors-ten-years-on

Lockdown again Auckland …

Hi everyone

So Auckland is in Level 3 and in Lockdown – don’t forget we have lots of resources on this site to help you with your lessons and so on – we are also keen to receive resources from you as well – we would LOVE it! Maybe we will be out of lockdown tomorrow.

Our best wishes to the staff, students and families at Papatoetoe High School – it is certainly a difficult time for you all. Take care.

Last week the AGTA held their annual AGM at Marist College – an enthusiastic and keen team was elected to the committee however we do not have a Chairperson nor a treasurer at the moment but after our first committee meeting we will have resolved this.

If you are keen to be involved with the committee then please email us at agtassociation@gmail.com – we are a fun group to be involved with as well as it being useful for your CV! 🙂

Thank you very much Aidan Daly and Heather Roberts for all your involvement with the AGTA – your skills and enthusiasm will be missed.

Join us

Now is the time to renew your membership to the AGTA for 2021 (or join us!)

Follow this link to register your interest to join. Following this, you will be invoiced the rate for your membership. Once payment has been received and processed, you will be notified of your membership for 2021. Note that this can take a little time, as we are all full-time teachers like yourself.

Rates for 2021 are:

Auckland schools $45.00

Other schools $35.00

Individuals $35.00

Trainee teachers $15.00

Currently, all those who requested membership during 2020 continue to have active memberships. These will remain active until the committee decides a cutoff date for membership payments later this term. If you purchase a membership for 2021, your access to our site and resources will continue to remain active and you should notice no difference.

Any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at agtassociation@gmail.com

AGM 2021 – come and join the committee

Last Wednesday, the AGTA hosted it’s 2021 AGM. Thank you so much to all those who attended. You can find the minutes to the AGM here as well as the Chairperson’s report here. 

The committee for this year will be meeting soon to decide in more detail their roles, as well as plans for 2021.

The most recent COVID-19 cases and the associated lockdown has sent home the message that teaching and learning are not yet back to the pre-COVID state we all hoped they would be this year. Therefore, being a member of the AGTA, contributing resources and information and assisting our colleagues across the country is just as important as ever. Please do your part for your fellow geographers and share some of the wonderful things you are doing – they don’t have to be perfect! If that’s not you, then maybe you can provide some helpful advice to questions that arise on our Facebook pages? The link to those pages are here and here.

On the other side of the coin – if you need help this year, be it resources, ideas for assessment case studies, practice exams…whatever it may be, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at the AGTA. You can reach us through our two Facebook pages: AGTA and AGTA Community of NZ Geography Teachers or you can email us at agtassociation@gmail.com

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Sutherland Falls, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand. Samuel Ferrara, Unsplash.

Tēnā koe everyone,

This year has not been like any other in recent memory. From the very beginning of the year there were concerns about COVID-19 after our AGM was held at Marist College. This soon grew to all Scholarship Geography Exam Workshops held in conjunction with the University of Auckland being cancelled and later, limits of gathering sizes and ongoing community transmission meant that it was not feasible to proceed with organising our annual Quiz Evening at St Cuthbert’s.

Early on, before we entered into Level 4 lockdown, the AGTA created a dedicated website to share resources and provide guidance and assistance with setting up offsite learning programmes. Among the material offered on this website were some of the materials Jane Evans has made this year in her role as the NZBoGT Kaiārahi including assessment materials based around COVID019.

The AGTA suspended collecting all membership fees for 2020 and opened the doors to its resources to all staff across the country. To date, we now have 321 users on the website, including 18 new schools on top of all schools who were members of AGTA in 2019. Our offer of “free membership” has been greatly received across the country. The hope is that this will result in a high number of membership renewals in 2021. AGTA has also continued to assist teachers with moderating work throughout the year.

Mammatus are a type of cloud that appear in association with strong thunderstorms. These loomed over Frankfurt am Main in Germany.

Photograph: Boris Jordan, finalist in the Royal Meteorological Society’s Weather Photographer of the Year awards.

While we had bold ideas at the beginning of the year about what we wanted to achieve as a committee (running a number of PD workshops, updating the website – a long, running project, Quiz Evening & End of Year Teachers’ Day), the reality is that with education having taken such a drastically new direction this year, many of these projects have fallen by the wayside as each of us on the committee have ploughed our efforts in trying to keep our students in each of our respective schools on track through two lockdowns.

Sadly, that means that while the COVID-19 level has dropped to Level 1 in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland, we will not be hosting our usual End of Year Teachers’ Day this year. Organising an event this year, where we have historically hosted 100 staff from all corners of the country in one place, could pose a transmission risk (albeit, there is a low chance of this right now). While the 2020 committee did consider the possibility of hosting a virtual event, we were not confident of having sufficient time and resources to host an event in an online space that would be equivalent in value to attending our usual end-of-year events, whilst making it available in a format that everyone could easily access.

We know this will be a disappointment to some of you. Rest assured, the AGTA committee, are already eager to get things underway for 2021 in the hope that we can resume our normal workshops, professional development opportunities, quiz evenings and End of Year Teachers’ Day.

We will be kicking off the year with our Annual General Meeting, which we can confirm will be held on

Wednesday, February 10th at Marist College, starting at 4.30 PM. 

At this AGM, as well as ratifying membership rates for the year and reporting back on 2020, there will be the election of two key roles on the committee: Chairperson and Treasurer. We warmly encourage any of you based in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland who may be interested in these positions to attend the 2021 AGM. Please do get in touch if you have queries about what each of these roles entails and what is involved in being a committee member for AGTA.

You can register to attend the 2021 AGTA AGM by following this link here. 

All of us on the AGTA Committee wish you all the very best for the remaining weeks of this term and for your senior students as they finish preparations for external exams.
While the majority of us won’t be jetting overseas for a summer break this year, we nevertheless hope that you manage to have a restful and rejuvenating holiday and festive season.

Mā te wā,

Aidan, Heather, Hannah, Mary, Eleanor, Mallory, Gill, Michelle, Mariska, Maddy, Natazia and Ryan – AGTA Committee 2020

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2021 AGTA AGM

Wednesday, February 10th, 4.30 PM

Marist College

The 2021 AGTA AGM will be held on Wednesday, February 10th at Marist College and we would love you to attend!

Register your interest to attend here. 

Directions to car parking and access to the venue at Marist College can be found here. Please note that access to the venue for our AGM is via Gate B (Staff Carpark) on Kitenui Avenue and NOT through the main entrance to Marist College on Alberton Ave.

Register your interest to attend here. 

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The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to impact upon daily life. Many of us are in schools that are in the process of preparing to shift to off-site learning for an unknown period of time. Depending on where your school is at on the journey to implementing a regular programme based largely around online learning, creating an offsite-learning programme might be a sizeable task.

We at the AGTA want to help. Here’s how:

  1. For 2020, the AGTA is suspending collecting ALL membership fees. This means that for you and your school, membership to the AGTA and all of our resources is FREE. If you know of colleagues around New Zealand who might benefit from a free AGTA membership or any of our resources, ask them to get in touch! Simply email agtassociation@gmail.com
  2. From today, we will be hosting and regularly updating a page which contains links to resources and websites with fantastic free resources for you to use when putting together your off-site teaching programmes. Link here: bit.ly/AGTAsupport
  3. If you need help with marking or moderation, get in touch and we will try to pair you with a colleague nearby, or elsewhere in the country who can assist

If you have resources, links or tips and tricks you would like to share with others as we continue adding to this page, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We have recently updated our resources, tips and sites of interest to help you in putting together an off-site teaching programme. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Link here: bit.ly/AGTAsupport

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Tēnā koe everyone,

We hope you have enjoyed a well-deserved break, whether it involved hitting the slopes, exploring a new corner of our beautiful country, or merely setting up camp in front of the tv with a glass of wine.

This term is a busy one for the teaching calendar and disruptions from COVID-19 continue to add extra work for us all. Be kind to one another and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need help, advice or support.

Practice exams are now live and available for members to use. You can find these under the header “Exams” or by following these links:

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Scholarship

Let us know if you found them useful – we love getting feedback from our members.

Mā te wā,

Aidan, Heather, Hannah, Mary, Eleanor, Mallory, Gill, Michelle, Mariska, Maddy, Natazia and Ryan – AGTA Committee 2020

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We have recently updated our resources, tips and sites of interest to help you in putting together an off-site teaching programme. Check it out and let us know what you think!

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The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to impact upon daily life. Many of us are in schools that are in the process of preparing to shift to off-site learning for an unknown period of time. Depending on where your school is at on the journey to implementing a regular programme based largely around online learning, creating an offsite-learning programme might be a sizeable task.

We at the AGTA want to help. Here’s how:

  1. For 2020, the AGTA is suspending collecting ALL membership fees. This means that for you and your school, membership to the AGTA and all of our resources is FREE. If you know of colleagues around New Zealand who might benefit from a free AGTA membership or any of our resources, ask them to get in touch! Simply email agtassociation@gmail.com
  2. From today, we will be hosting and regularly updating a page which contains links to resources and websites with fantastic free resources for you to use when putting together your off-site teaching programmes.
  3. If you need help with marking or moderation, get in touch and we will try to pair you with a colleague nearby, or elsewhere in the country who can assist

If you have resources, links or tips and tricks you would like to share with others as we continue adding to this page, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

AGTA AGM

Tēnā koe all,

Our 2020 AGM was held on Wednesday, March 18th at Marist College.

A copy of the meeting minutes can be found here

as well as a copy of the Chairperson’s report, which can be found here.

Stay safe and stay well in these uncertain times everyone.

Mā te wā,

Aidan, Heather, Hannah, Mary, Eleanor, Mallory, Gill, Michelle, Mariska, Maddy, Natazia and Ryan – AGTA Committee 2020

Scholarship workshops cancelled

The AGTA is highly conscious of the possible risks posed by the coronavirus COVID-19, particularly given the nature of our scholarship workshops, which draw a large number of students from across the geographic spread of Auckland. The welfare of students and teachers at our events is always our number one priority.

Therefore, we have made the decision to cancel all of this year’s planned scholarship geography workshops.

The AGTA appreciates this will undoubtedly cause disappointment to schools and students who were planning to attend. We will endeavour to continue delivering high-quality resources to assist you with teaching scholarship to your students.

At this stage, we are hesitant to make a decision about other AGTA events, including our annual quiz evening and EoY course, both of which are due to take place later this year. Once the committee for 2020 has formed, we will discuss these issues in-depth and assess the level of risk at that point in time before reaching a conclusion.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding,

Aidan, Heather, Hannah, Mary, Eleanor, Mallory, Gill, Michelle, Jane, Briar, Holly – AGTA Committee 2019

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Welcome back everyone for another exciting year of Geography teaching.

After a decent summer break, AGTA are back and rearing to get on with the important job of supporting Geography teachers to excel in the classroom. As always, we will be sharing with you relevant links, useful resources you can implement in your teaching, along with professional development, practice exams, support and advice.

 

Digital Technologies and Senior Geography

Teachers of Senior Geography of two years or more: I am currently doing a MEd and my research area is looking at digital technologies and how they are used in Senior Geography. I am looking for participants who are willing to share their perceptions and experiences with regards to how digital technologies are used in the Senior Geography Classroom and the impacts on teaching and learning.

If you are interested please contact me via email, (ahogan@mcauleyhigh.school.nz) for further information.

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Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to our End of Year Conference last Friday. A great day was had by all and many of us left with a greater appreciation of the storytelling that takes place in cartography, GIS, as well as a few tips and tricks to test out in the classroom next year.

A very special thanks to our keynote speakers Ana Krpo, Jane Evans and Chris McDowall for their engaging presentations. Thanks also to Steve Smith, Kira Clark, Gill Hanna, Mary Robinson and Heather Roberts for leading purposeful, relevant and interesting workshops on a variety of topics.

On another note, thank you to each and every one of our members who has participated in a cluster meeting, competition or Facebook discussion this year. Thank you to everyone who has shared a resource to the website or helped out a fellow Geographer in need of advice or support. You all help make the community of New Zealand Geographers one worth being a part of.

Have a restful, relaxing summer holiday and we look forward to working with you and supporting you next year to continue being excellent Geography educators.

Mā te wā,

Aidan, Heather, Hannah, Mary, Eleanor, Mallory, Gill, Michelle, Jane, Briar, Holly – AGTA Committee 2019

Conference resources:

Links to Kira Clark’s GIS workshop:

https://tinyurl.com/vocrgck

Links to Steve Smith’s Google Earth workshop:

https://sites.google.com/view/geosmith/workshop-home/workshops?authuser=0

Link to Heather & Mary’s GeogIT & Survey 123 workshop:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1no1_Bp14Fw1I9WfXk2QEV55ypAsgO6Aq/view?usp=sharing

Link to Aidan’s “finding secondary data” workshop

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dcZQ9lM0vt1icJnZ9KKLglphB1Cx3xCR/view?usp=sharing

For those of you who enjoyed guessing the “Where in Auckland?” riddle cards, here are the files for the cards themselves, as well as the answers:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1y6SrP9EPdwvu5l1NRFwHKiNm7NoBdzky/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Wis26_bxQRR26nMnLYbQckNgtglZegPF/view?usp=sharing

If you want to see some of the beautiful visuals from Chris McDowall’s presentation, here is where you can find them:

https://www.wearehere.nz/

If you want to explore more about ArcGIS and have a go at some lessons yourself that you could try out in the class, here is where to go:

http://gisinschools-nz.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html

If you haven’t yet set up your school for ArcGIS online, it’s free and easy to do! Contact gisinschools@eagle.co.nz to be put in touch with the Eagle Technology team, including Claire Thurlow, who was working with us on the day.