GAConf21: Thoughts & ideas from the community

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Public lecture: 20 Years, 95 Miles, 185 Million Years: A Celebration of the Jurassic Coast – Dr Anjana Khatwa, Learning and Earth Science Specialist and TV presenter


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AWARDS CEREMONY – Dr Susan Pike and ALan Parkinson

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  • Clarry Simpson’s (@clarry_s3) lag-free recording of her “Understanding unfamiliar geographical keywords” TeachMeet talk
  • Hina Robinson (@RobboGeog): “Integrating the rights of the child into your teaching and using student voice” TeachMeet presentation

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Q&A with broadcaster and author Simon Reeve (9-10am)

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Presidential lecture: Compassionate geographies – Dr Susan Pike (10:30-11:30am)

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9AM: There’s no planet B: caring for nature and communities – Jeremy Williams
9am: From tigers to tetra bags – the empowerment of women in India – Devika Krishnan
9am: Compassionate geographers – Dr Susan Pike, Jennifer Monk, Gemma Collins, Prof Simon Catling and Alan Parkinson
9AM: Deconstructing atlas maps – Dr Stephen Scoffham

9am: Evaluating the educational benefits of immersive imagery at KS4 – Amy Vigus and Dr Richard Waller
9am: Departmental leadership: building a department of compassionate teachers – Simran Jouhal

9AM: Updating pedagogy for Post 16 geography teaching – Laura-Jane Ward, Hafsa Garcia and Ellie Hopkins
9am: The Geography Quality Marks: building curriculum impact – Jon Cannell and Dr Becky Kitchen

9Am: Tackling the Whiteness of Geography – Charlotte Milner and Exploring aspirations: What do students and teachers report as being the strongest influences on student aspirations for higher education? – Sana Ali

10:30AM: Bringing children’s geographies into the classroom – Dr Lauren Hammond and Professor John McKendrick
10:30am: Hidden stories: exploring migration and community in your class – Debbie Watson

10:30am: Progression and assessment in key themes in geography – Elizabeth Rynne, Chair of AESIG, David Gardner, Sue Warn, Mike Simmons and David Preece

10:30AM: Top spec geography: key themes for A level geography – Bob Digby

10:30am: Using MS OneNote to enhance geography teaching remotely and in the classroom – Joanne Clarke and Supporting geography understanding with ICT and GIS – Heidi Quenby, Teacher of geography, The Maplesden Noakes School, Maidstone

12PM: Compassionate Fieldwork – what might that mean? – Bob Digby, David Holmes, Catherine Owen, Nick Lapthorn, and Jon Wolton

12pm: How to look inside a volcano – Prof Christopher Jackson

12Pm: Scholarship and indigenous voices: geographies of sustainable development – Grace Healy and Dr Jess Hope
12PM: Building a compassionate geographical community – Denise Freeman and Tom Highnett

12pm: Windows on the curriculum – Paula Owens and Anthony Barlow

12Pm: Getting the NEA right – David Rogers

12PM: Key concepts in the geography curriculum: mapping key stage progression in the understanding, use and assessment of geography’s big ideas – Simon Oakes
12pm: What does it mean to ‘decolonise the curriculum’? – Dr Alex Standish, Hafsa Garcia and Malica Scott

12Pm: Developing and delivering a knowledge-rich geography curriculum – Ryan Bate

12PM: To what extent are spaced practice methods valuable in GCSE geography teaching and learning? – Rachel Denison and Retrieval practice: How can students use it metacognitively to monitor and improve their learning in geography? – Jennifer Campbell

2PM: Racialised in/securities in geography education – Dr Patricia Noxolo
2pm: Overcoming the ‘Lisnagunogue effect’: using GIS to turn space into place – Alistair Hamill
2Pm: Field visiting attentively with the wisdom of Pooh Bear – Dr Sharon Witt and Dr Helen Clarke

2PM: The start of something wonderful… – Ryan Nock, Caitlin Finlay and Charlotte Foster

2pm: Using teaching atlases – Ben Ballin and Dr Paula Owens

2Pm: Getting our geography geek on – Rachel Hawke
2PM: Climate change as a safeguarding issue – Kit Rackley
2pm: Igniting compassion – teaching for social and environmental change – Laura Bytheway and Developing empathy skills through geography – Tessa Sittner

2Pm: Ethical global issues pedagogy for reflexive compassion: a resource – Dr Karen Pashby, Reader, Ruth Till and Jennifer MacGuire

3:30PM: Sub-Saharan Africa – circular economy solutions to drive a healthy economy and environment – Professor Margaret Bates
3:30pm: ‘The shops were only made for people who could walk’ – James Bonehill

3:30Pm: Resources for supporting quality primary geography ITE – Chris Barlow

3:30PM: The importance of compassion for people and places in geography fieldwork – Chloe Searl

3:30pm: Compassionate Geographies around the world – The strive for a carbon neutral society – Karen Corfield

3:30Pm: Compassionate feedback: fostering academic progress through care – Dr Cyrus Nayeri and Dr Elizabeth Rushton

3:30PM: The plate tectonic story – Duncan Hawley
3:30pm: The use of accountable talk to develop subject specific vocabulary in the geography classroom – Amy Cushing and Multimodality: the means to communicate compassionate geographies – Dr Alison Brown

5PM: The social organisation of climate breakdown: colonialism, imperialism and justice – Leon Sealey-Huggins

5pm: Ingenious India: emerging cities, changing places – Imogen Sahi, Kiran Sahi, and Susan Knight
5Pm: Why you should use what you have first – before looking further afield – Richard Allaway and Matthew Podbury

5PM: How can primary geography accelerate positive change for the Black Lives Matter agenda? – Patricia Kavanagh

5pm: Fieldwork in the new normal – Andy Owen
5Pm: Transport futures: e-mobility and the decarbonisation of travel – Dr Richard Waller

5PM: Core concerns – apples and the geography of justice – Simon Kenton-Lake and Jon-Paul Davies

5pm: Getting the best out of Twitter as a CPD tool – Simran Jouhal


Keynote lecture: Mapping the moral geographies of education: character, citizenship and values – Dr Sarah Mills (10:30-11:30am)

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Geography 11-14: Exploring our changing world – a new GA publication – John Hopkin, Gemma Pollard and Rob Bircher (5-6Pm)

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9AM: Taking a compassionate approach to post-lockdown geography teaching and learning – Rob Chambers

9AM: Introducing Teach with GIS UK Hub – David Morgan
9Am: Using the Primary Geography journal to inspire your teaching – Jane Whittle and Adam Rose

9AM: Carbon and climate change: investigating national peatlands with global implications – Dan Romberg and Rachel Harvey

9AM: How can concepts such as ‘identity’ and ‘Britishness’ be taught through geography using curriculum artefacts? – Orlaith Roche
9Am: Supporting students through the transition from GCSE to A level – Andrew Barker, Richard Head, and Dr Richard Waller

9AM: Effective mentoring: an exploration into the Early Career Framework – Michael Simmons

9AM: The geography of geography: Who is (and isn’t) studying geography? – Steve Brace
9Am: Cool Places and Prisoners of Space?  Reading scholarship with KS5 students – Sarah Trolley and Geography reading in the classroom – Simran Jouhal

10:30AM: Soccernomics: a study of social inequalities and economic change – John Wilkinson
10:30AM: Finding the heart of the forest – Amy Moore and Helen Robinson

10:30Am: Effectively integrating real life examples in geography – Lois Martin

10:30AM: Let’s talk: The importance of collaboration, communication and networking in education – Dr Emma Rawlings Smith and Organising concepts in geography education: a didactic conceptual model – Lotta Dessen Jankell, Dr Johan Sandahl and David Örbring, Lund University

12PM: Flooding in England – past, present and future – John Curtin

12PM: De/colonising educational relations in geography classrooms – Dr Fran Martin and Professor Fatima Pribhai-Illich

12Pm: Privilege: How geography can help us understand the need for compassion – Kit Rackley

12PM: Compassionate everyday geographies – Julia Tanner and Jane Whittle

12PM: Virtual fieldwork – here, there and everywhere – Paul Hunt

12Pm: Teaching geography for the Anthropocene – Paul Turner and Dr Cyrus Nayeri

12PM: Developing anti-racist approaches to GCSE content – Danielle Cooper and Louise Holyoak
12PM: Teaching resources for glaciation, glaciers and climate change – Dr Bethan Davies

12Pm: How well do you know the area you teach in?  Ideas of place; getting to grips with them, challenging them and aiding students’ understanding of them – Lauren Wilcock and My life under lockdown in Europe – mapping the new normal – Joanne Meredith
  • Lauren Wilcock (@tch_geog): Session resources

2PM: Food, compassion and the future of life on Earth – Phil Lymbery

2PM: Tourism post Covid-19: An opportunity to ‘build back better’ or business as usual? – Sarah Rimmington

2Pm: Melted: understanding our place in a post-glacial world – Dr Chris Pyle

2PM: The peacebuilding potential of geography education in primary classrooms – Dr Benjamin Mallon

2PM: Compassionate urban geographies: fieldwork in ‘lived space’ – Dr Richard Bustin

2Pm: ECGeogNetwork: how not to reinvent the wheel and flourish as an NQT – Gemma Thompson

2PM: Progression in fieldwork through meaningful enquiry question generation – Dawn Thomas

2PM: VoicesProject: working with marginalised voices in schools – Chantal Mayo-Holloway, Rachel Robinson and Ahkera Williams
2Pm: An investigation into the construction of secondary geography teacher identity – Ruth Till and What is powerful geography at KS2, why is it important and what barriers currently exist to developing a powerful curriculum? – Josh Sutheran

3:30PM: Building an effective geography curriculum – findings from research and inspection practice – Iain Freeland
3:30PM: The limits to compassion – Professor Jon May

3:30PM: Where in the world is Covid-19? – Dr Anne Dolan and Joe Usher

3:30PM: The changing industrial geography of Guildford – Richard Seymour

3:30PM: Getting to grips with enquiry – David Rogers

3:30PM: Being Head of Geography: navigating the complexities of departmental leadership – Kate Stockings

3:30PM: Developing ‘thinking’ geographers – Tom Highnett and Compassionate geography – using stakeholders to explore key geographical issues – Claire Cassidy

5PM: From Cholera to COVID: Why Maps Have Never Been More Important – Prof James Cheshire

5PM: Every time I see a river – Brendan Conway

5PM: Reflecting on #GAeConf21 – Dr Becky Kitchen

5PM: Planning for progression with compassion in Primary geography – Sophie Brack and Jen Lomas

5PM: Coronavirus, connections and compassion: using the outdoors to promote positive wellbeing outcomes – Charlotte Foster

5PM: Rex Walford lecture: Lively geographies: paying attention to the world – Dr Sharon Witt

5PM: Challenging white GCSE geography: Global development – Dr Chris Winter
5PM: Adding mastery, breadth and depth to the curriculum through homework – Jennifer Monk


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