We hope you have had a restful break. The AGTA will be hosting its annual AGM in conjunction with a curriculum change hui on the 25th May 2022 at Alexandra Park in Auckland.
The AGTA Curriculum Change Hui provides the chance for discussion and professional learning to support and inspire Geography Teachers in advance of the incoming curriculum changes. This free event includes the following:
Dr Karen Fisher will explore Mātauranga Māori and Geography.
Dr Bronwyn Houliston and Eleanor Rattray will share their experiences of incorporating Geography in the Junior Social Studies classroom while navigating the Aotearoa NZ Histories and Social Studies Curriculum Refresh.
Mary Robinson (Kaiarahi) and Gill Hanna will provide insight into the future of teaching, learning and assessment in Geography.
This will be followed by the Auckland Geography Teachers Association AGM.
There will be opportunities for Q&A
This event is FREE and we welcome all Geography teachers to come along!
Our annual Auckland based Geography quiz has had a makeover this year. Instead, we would love your Geography students to participate in our online revision challenge using GooseChase!
This is free of charge and open to all Geography students (Years 11-13), who have a device.
What do your ākonga need to do? Complete FIVE different revision ‘missions’ by uploading a mixture or photos, diagrams, or revision tasks to the GooseChase app.
The GooseChase will go live on Friday 5th November @ 9am and close on Friday 19th November @ 3pm. Students can complete the missions from home or in school. What do you need to do? Encourage your Geography students to participate in this fun revision activity! Prize packs will be sent out to students via post/online. To join the online adventure, please register your students’ names here and share the ‘player instruction sheet’ with your Geography classes today (below).
The vocabulary we use to describe landforms and landscapes comes from languages around the world. It’s a prevalent example of how we rely upon the traditional ecological knowledge of peoples who know their lands best.
Here are some of the etymologies:
Alpine: From Latin Alpes “The Alps” Archipelago: From Greek Arkhi Pélagos “chief sea” referring to the Aegean Sea Atoll: From Dhivehi atholhu “palm of the hand” Bayou: From Choctaw bayuk “small stream” Billabong: From Wiradjuri bilabaŋ “watercourse that runs only after rain” caldera: From Spanish caldera “cooking pot” referring to Las Cañadas caldera in the Canary Islands. Cay: From Taíno cairi “island” Cenote: From Yucatec Maya tsʼonot “accessible groundwater” Drumlin: From Irish droimnín “littlest ridge” Fjord: From Norwegian fjord “lake-like” Geyser: From Icelandic Geysir “one who gushes” Isthmus: From Greek isthmos “neck” referring to the Isthmus of Corinth Jungle: From Sanskrit jaṅgala “arid” Lagoon: From Venetian Laguna “lake” referring to the Venetian Lagoon Mangrove: From Guaraní mangle “twisted tree” Monadnock: From Abenaki Menonadenak “smooth mountain” referring to Mount Monadnock Oasis: From Egyptian ouahe “dwelling place” Savannah: From Taíno sabana “treeless plain” Steppe: From Russian stepʹ “flat grassy plain” Taiga: From Yakut tayga “untraversable forest” Tundra: From Kildin Sami tūndâr “treeless plain” Volcano: From Sicilian Vulcano, one of the Aeolian Islands
Around the world, activists are pushing to protect their rivers by giving them legal personhood. Is this just symbolism, or can it drive lasting environmental change? Read this article in the Guardian – it is an excellent resource and offers lots of discussion for your classroom.
The revised learning matrix, course outlines and achievement standards has been published here today.
Check out the information and join us at St. Cuthbert’s College (Clouston Hall) on Wednesday 18 August at 4.30pm for a korero about the ideas and discussion about the proposals put forward by the Subject Expert Group.
Practice exams are now available for schools to use. They are all uploaded at various links. Makes it all so easy!
Remember these exams were written by busy Geography teachers so it is critical that you check through each of the exams your end before giving to students – maybe even try the exam yourself to make sure that they make sense.
The AGTA exams are written and will be uploaded here in week 10 of this term! Exciting!
We will have the following assessments available for download:
• 1.1, 1.2, 1.4
• 2.1, 2.3, 2.4
• 3.1, 3.2, 3.4
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