AGTA News

We have all had such a busy start to Term 2. Lots of field trips, internal assessments and teaching, of course.

The AGTA committee have a busy year planned for you all.

Professional Learning

We are planning to run the following professional learning sessions this year.

Our series of after school sessions will include ones on:

–   New teachers to Geography (Term 2)

–   What/how to teach Extreme Natural Events (most likely term 3)

–   Teaching for excellence in externals with a focus on Level 3 (Term 3)

We also are planning to run our much loved end of year course as well with a focus on: Level 1 courses, new topics to teach and field trips (well that’s the plan at the moment). More information will be sent out shortly to you.

Scholarship workshops

With the change in the focus of the scholarship paper in 2014 we have changed the format of the workshops for our students. We will be focusing on urbanisation with students having a short lecture from an urban specialist – more on this later.

Exam writing

As with 2013, we are going to provide members of AGTA with exams for you to use. These will be available towards the end of term. If you are keen to write for these exams then please let me know asap. It is great PD and we do contribute to the costs. I would like to hear from you by say this time next week.

Twitter  –  Follow AGTA on @AucklandGeog

How many of you are on twitter? It is great PD – lots of good ideas can be found when you follow people. There are some cool geography teachers on twitter with lots of good ideas that they share.

This article talks about how useful twitter is http://www.hashtags.org/platforms/twitter/30-ways-to-use-twitter-for-education/

The article http://www.educationreview.co.nz/ict-and-procurement/november-2013/10-twitter-tips-for-teachers/#.U3J_2q2SyDE here has some good advice on using twitter to get good ideas.

And Facebook   – Auckland Geography Teachers Association (AGTA)

I put up lots of cool links to different websites that could be useful for your classes – there lots of links for Schol Geo too.

We have about 250 likes. Yeeha!

Membership

We had a bit of a delay in the paying of fees so you will get a notification for access to the website again if for some reason your access was halted.

Resources

Share a good resource with us – a game, a cool activity,  a worksheet, a you tube link that you used with your class – we will add it to the website and thus our resources will increase.

And something for you – lectures on inequalities…… you might interested.

The free Sir Douglas Robb lectures look really interesting – with the theme of inequalities.

https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/news-events-and-notices/events/events-2014/05/sir-douglas-robb-lectures.html

Looking forward to catching up with you all shortly. And have a great day.

And lastly, a funny cartoon – a homework fail.

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