May 14


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

The article 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!


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.


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.

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

And lastly, a funny cartoon – a homework fail.



May 04

30 Ways To Use Twitter For Education

Thanks for the following information from  Vanessa Doctor

Many educational organizations and online colleges are investing on Twitter to provide relevant and quick information to current and potential students.
There are several advantages that come with using the social media platform for educational purposes.

Here are 30 to maximize Twitter to boost education.

Adapted from:

Follow AGTA on Twitter.

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May 04

Welcome to Term 2

Hope that you all had an awesome holiday. It was such a long term and I am sure you are all looking forward to a much shorter but perhaps busier one.

The AGTA have a lot planned in Term 2 – courses, scholarship workshops for students and teachers and of course resources. We are adding things to the website all the time so check in regularly to see what is new.  Also, join our Facebook page (new links and ideas are added almost daily) and follow us on Twitter for new ideas (@AucklandGeog).

Some of you will be field tripping this term; almost all of us will have internals by the truckload and we will have lots of wonderful things to do to engage our students.

Have a fun term!


Mary and the AGTA committee







Apr 16

External standards help from Jane Evans

Jane Evans has decided to put together a power point that goes through each external standard at each level and unpack them for the common errors. She will take this power point around cluster groups in the region so we all can discuss it as well as sharing other useful information in geography.

The dates already arranged are as follows:

 Out of Auckland

Date Cluster Group School Contact Time
Monday May 12th Waikato Sacred Heart, Hamilton Brian Kendrick 1.30 to 4pm
Tuesday May 13th Bay of Plenty Tauranga Girls Pam Jones 1.30 to 4pm
Wednesday May 14th Rotorua Rotorua Lakes High School Stephanie Beaumont Gill 1.30 to 4pm
Monday May 19th Gisborne Gisborne Girls Mike Tallott 1.30 to 4pm
Tuesday May 20th Hawkes Bay Napier boys Kane Boulton 1.30 to 4pm
Tuesday May 27th Whangarei Whangarei Girl’s Denise Potter 1.45 to 4.15pm


In Auckland

Date Cluster Group School Contact Time
Thursday May 15th West Avondale Liz Knight 4pm to 5.30pm
Thursday May 22 East Pakuranga Sarah Bryson 4pm to 5.30pm
Wednesday May 28th North Rangitoto Sarah Kemble 4pm to 5.30pm
Wednesday June 4th South Manurewa Andrea Bossenger 4pm to 5.30pm
Thursday June 5th Central Auckland Girl’s Jacinda Andrews 4pm to 5.30pm