Mar 22

Cluster meetings – do try to get there!

Please come to the cluster meetings – generally one a term!

They are on

                 South Auckland            – Wednesday 25 March – 4pm at Manurewa High School

                 Central Auckland          – Thursday 26 March – 4.15pm at Auckland Girls Grammar School

The following areas held their last week:

North Shore – Wednesday 18 March – 4pm at Rangitoto College

West Auckland –  Thurs 19 March – 4pm at Avondale College

Mar 19

Ideas for teaching in the classroom

Need new ideas for your classroom? Want to throw the learning back to the kids – share your ideas here!

Here are three to get you started:

1. Buy a shower curtain with a map of the world on it. Get students to place pictures they find or ones you might find on it to show global patterns. My class loved doing this today!

Fishpond have these for sale – a little pricey but they are long lasting and have multiple uses.

shower curtain


2. Get students to use chalk out side to draw processes of an Extreme Natural Event OR to show information on a continuum OR to show ideas of map scales – Go wild! Chalk is easily available and if you have the thick variety it lasts longer. Other non geography students come by and show an interest also!

3. Play Paper, Rock Scissors to determine groups or who speaks first or well anything really……

Did I say three – well here are another two bonus ideas…..

4. Build a shanty town outside in your school when doing differences in development, Get other students to come by and see the types of conditions people live in and get them to bring in food to share with Foodbanks in your local area. Brings in some social action.

Shacks in Crossroads Township


5. Make models in your classroom to show how natural and cultural factors determine levels of development – here is a document for you to adapt – Model Making

Mar 19

Join AGTA again in 2015

We have an exciting year planned, a fabulous committee with a number of new committee members who are keen to get on with the job. We all have a fun year ahead of us as we get to teach the BEST subject in the curriculum – HOW LUCKY ARE WE?


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Feb 01

Welcome back!

Hi everyone

We hope that the start of the year has begun well for all you wonderful Geography teachers!

We have an exciting year ahead for you all and we hope you can be involved in many of our activities.

1. AGM – 4 March 2015

2. A series of workshops after school for teachers – let us know what things you would like to learn about.

3. Annual Quiz

4. Scholarship workshops

5. Exam writing

See you all soon.






Dec 31

Happy New Year

Have a wonderful 2015 Geography teachers!

I hope your break is relaxing and enjoyable – Be sure to read some good books, drink good wine or beer or juice and don’t think about work for a few weeks yet!


Dec 04

2015 Assessment specifications are available…

These assessment specs for the 2015 exam round have been published today.

Check them out here

And note that NZQA are planning to start exams next year on November 6th



Dec 03

Happy holidays to all…..

It has been a fantastic year for geography in Auckland and beyond.
We are pleased to report that the numbers of AGTA members have increased this year; attendances at courses have been up as well as at the scholarship workshops. The quiz was fun and well attended and was deemed a great success as well. Exams are over and are, as we speak being marked by many conscientious teachers.
Thanks so much to the hard working committee for all they do for us and to thank the School of Environment for their support at the scholarship workshops this year – it has been great.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, a safe and happy holiday and come back to schools recharged and ready for 2015.
The very best of wishes.
Mary Robinson