How to write a Scheme of work LAZILY

Hurst Spit

If you want  to write a scheme of work ….. you have run out of ideas and your creative juices are as arid as the soil in the plant pot you left in your classroom over the Summer holidays …..

If your concentration is worse than a Year 10’s on a Friday afternoon …..

If your motivation is lower than  a HMV assistant, well then I can give you some good news….

There are plenty of teachers willing to share their ideas with you and all you have to do is show proper gratitude and be prepared so share back. It really is that simple.

Here is how it worked for me. I had this Scheme of Work to write for Year 9 on flooding. I had a few ideas but not many. I was thinking causes of flooding,effects of flooding and management of flooding…. so i asked twitter and @tonycassidy @janeyb222 @njpiercy helped me out. Then I googled some stuff and www.tes.co.uk/resources provided some ideas. Then I found a couple of bits from www.rgs.co.uk. Then I look at old scheme of work i had written and found 2 more ideas I had got from other teachers, so I dusted them down and added them in too. Finally we had used the Hurricane Sandy in Year 8 lessons earlier in the Year and it seemed a shame not to make the most of that hard work, so that was recycled too.

And hey presto! you have at least a 9 by 1 hour lesson Scheme of work written and here are the resources I have garnered and adapted for Year 9’s to learn from this term

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9stjp6zdyfyo9ws/gz4wunHwUi

Here are the credits:

Lesson 1 – the pop up drainage basin is pure @tonycassidy I am late to this i think as many other people all over the internet seem to have used it. it is very easy to find.

Lesson 2 – A few ideas of my own using the Wider World David Waugh book to finish it off (well Waugh had to be there somewhere)

Lesson 3 –  @janeyb222 kindly sent me her lesson plan and i adapted it fit our school.

Lesson 4 and 5 – this is one of those I used when I taught this a few years ago. Its comes from Nuffield and can be found here

Lesson 6 and 7 –  is a combination of the RGS website (link above) and me searching the TES. then when I re-discovered the stop disaster website, I checked on twitter to see if anyone else had used it and got some tips from @tonycassidy and ‏@dawnhallybone 

Lesson 8 and 9 – Is just a few internet resources thrown together with a learning objective or two. We taught this to Y7 and y8 just after the disaster occurred

Pakistan ILT – ILT is an inschool term it stands for Independent Learning Task. But the actual task is amost a straight lift from the marvellous @_DavidDrake

And then you can also see an RMN folder. You see, I may have written, or rather compiled, a SoW but there are two of us teaching this and RMN has to teach things in her way, so not surprisingly, she adapts my plans. Since we have only just started to teach this topic, she has only altered the first lesson.

Please please feel free to use the resources in this unit. They are now yours to do with what you want. They were never mine in the first place. However, I would really like to hear of any ideas these plans give you. Do post below as a comment.

Appointing a new teacher What qualities should i look for?

Its been a few months since my last post. I have in between times run 4 field trips, marked 45 controlled assessments and well you know how the list goes. What has made it hardest for me is that in a school of around 800 pupils I am the only specialist Geography groups. I have one history teacher who has been teaching geography for 3 years now and is a superb classroom practitioner. i would love him to see the light ditch history and share the GCSE groups with me as well as take the few KS3 classes he has at the moment. However that isn’t going to happen

So I have been badgering my head for the last two years to appoint a second geographer. Last week at last my nagging paid off and the ad appeared in the TES and on our website.

A new geographer will allow me share the workload, but more importantly it would let me have another professional contribute ideas to the department. I have been teaching for 20 years now and 13 at my present school. I hope someone will come in and look at what i am covering in my Schemes of Work and how i am covering it and say “YOU STILL DOING IT LIKE THAT?” I need some shaking up and some help in revitalising the department.

This need has become more and more apparent the longer i have spent on twitter. Pretty well every day i click on a tweet that points me to a fantastic new resource or idea or lesson plan or teaching method. Sharing collaborative teaching is what i need to improve. The new teacher can be any age but innovative and collaborative approach to teaching is what i want!!

What qualities would you look for?