07 May 2019 – This is an imported page from an old blog I kept during my travels to Malawi. Next month (June 2019) as part of this year’s Norwich-Dedza Partnership exchange, teachers from Malawi will be visiting the UK. So in celebration and preparation for that, I will be re-blogging the thoughts I made during my visit in 2013.
You can find an index of all the 2013 Malawi blog entries here. Zikomo!
“Made by youngsters, for youngsters!”
20th May 2013; Framingham Earl, UK
The best gift is one which has taken a lot of thought, dedication and time to produce. In our consumer-society it is all too easy to pick up something for a few pounds, and then give it to the recipient, anxious that you’ve made the right choice.
One gift we are taking to Malawi is a learning resource that we created ourselves. Every Monday after-school, the Gifted & Talented Geography Group meet to explore, discover and share Geography in a greater depth that is difficult to do in a normal lesson. It also allows everyone to geek out!
Before I continue, I would like to quote actor Simon Pegg (legend…!):
“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”
Over a couple of months we set about creating a resource to give to our link school’s in Malawi. We decided on a photo-pack, with activities to get pupils in Malawi to think about our lives in the UK and compare them with their own.
I’ll let the photos do the talking!
Step 1 – Taking Pictures: Students took pictures from around the school and home, showing aspects of their lives.
Step 2 – Sorting: We printed out draft copies of the pictures and put them into groups. Three or four pictures together can tell a bigger story!
Step 2 – Sorting: We had a lot of pictures to go through! When we pasted groups of pictures together, we then thought of simple low-tech/no-tech tasks that can be done using them.
Step 3 – Creating the picture cards: We used ICT and digital copies of the photos to create each picture/activity card
Step 4 – Printing: After printing the cards (10 in total), we laminated them to give them a bit more longevity!
You can find our resource pack, called “Life in the UK” here.
Chichewa – We are learning together (I think! I’m still learning!) ^_^
Published by Kit Marie Rackley (they/she)
Kit Marie Rackley (they/she) is an award-winning ex high-school Geography teacher in the UK. Throughout that time and continuing today, Kit Marie provides teacher continuous professional development (CPD) and training, which previously included a role as Associate Tutor for the School of Education at the University of East Anglia.
Kit Marie has worked as an education consultant and project manager with climate and energy scientists, including researchers based at NOAA Boulder, Colorado and as an educator and trainer at the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco, California, and is now freelance consultant with the UK’s Geographical Association and the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT). They are a published educational author, including works with National Geographic Kids and Diverse Educators.
Kit Marie is a strong and passionate advocate of youth voice and empowerment, decolonising the curriculum, and inclusive and intersectional education. Much of their work revolves around the climate crisis, focusing around framing it as a school safeguarding issue. Kit Marie runs an educational resource blog at Geogramblings.com, and is host and producer of the Coffee & Geography podcast.
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From 2013: Made by youngsters, for youngsters! UK high-school Geography students make lesson materials about their lives for their Malawi peers.