I'm a football fan. I'm an England fan. I'm an intersectional feminist. I've been dubbed a 'social justice warrior' (that's a badge of honour). I'm a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Needless to say... I'm conflicted. But I'm also a geographer, so that gives a hook and lens to tackle this (excuse the pun!). I … Continue reading Qatar 2022: Controversial geographies And data
Author: Kit Marie Rackley (they/she)
Teachers: we have climate-anxious youngsters, but can we do something about it
Since that publication is now no longer available, it has been made available in full here (December 2022).
Why does an individual become a teacher, and what is their number one priority? Is it to pass on knowledge of something that they are passionate about? Is it to give youngsters the best possible opportunities to fulfil their potential? I can’t speak for every single teacher. However, from my own experience, is that while passion and aspiration-raising are significant parts of a teacher’s identity, nurturing and protecting young people is fundamental. This loco-parentis aspect of the job is called ‘safeguarding’.
Through various jobs in education, I’m pretty clued up on safeguarding practice and policy. When I combine this with my experience working in the climate science sector, it is very clear to me that climate change is a safeguarding issue. I have laid out my case via teachers conferences,
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Creative, sensitive and grounded in diverse perspectives: Why we need inclusive climate change education
This article was co-authored with Catherine Walker and Nerida Jolley. You can read the introduction here, and then continue with the rest of the article, for free, via the University of Manchester's website here. One of Maisy Summer’s beautiful images for the YPAC creative book How can climate change education address rather than exacerbate eco-anxiety, … Continue reading Creative, sensitive and grounded in diverse perspectives: Why we need inclusive climate change education
Bonus Resources for Nat Geo Kids ‘Everything: Sustainable Energy’
National Geographic Kids Everything: Sustainable Energy is available now! Some ideas and concepts didn't make it into the final draft of the book, or they were edited in a way to make them more accessible to a younger audience (while the original is still very much useful for the older kids!). So to celebrate the official release date of the book, I offer up some 'bonus extras' for you!
My first publication out soon: Nat Geo Kids Everything Sustainable Energy
It is with immense excitement and pride that I can finally let you all know some news that I've been keeping hush for a while now. Not because of any Non-Disclosure Agreement, but mostly for almost the entirety of the process I thought it was too good to be true. But now, I have a … Continue reading My first publication out soon: Nat Geo Kids Everything Sustainable Energy
ReTeach Geography: diversify and enrich your wider reading
Myself and a handful of talented geography teacher educators were involved in the development of a new free-to-use resource for teachers. ReTeach UK helps you introduce fresh perspectives, broader subject knowledge and diverse thinking into topics.
Examples of climate and energy data visualisations and how they can be used in the classroom
An article written for the World Energy and Meteorology Council (WEMC). It is becoming increasingly common place that education departments of governments around the world are including climate change in statutory policy. One such example is the recently released Sustainability and climate change: a strategy for the education and children’s services systems by the UK … Continue reading Examples of climate and energy data visualisations and how they can be used in the classroom
The Slow Ways Shout! (GACONF22 TEACHMEET)
I don't know why I put myself through it! A love for performing, geography and educating - all rolled into one, I guess! Almost every Geographical Association Conference Teachmeet I get lyrical. This year, I decided to honour the epic efforts and achievements of the team behind developing the Slow Ways.
Coffee & Geography: Learning from everyday conversations (GAConf22 Session)
Started as a pandemic ‘comfort project’ but growing into something so much more, Coffee and Geography was a podcast where I simply chatted to people. These chats led to exploring connections and intersections through a geographical lens, but also helped to broaden my horizons, check my own privilege, and bring back some faith in humanity. Bring a brew and come and find out what I’ve learnt, which can be useful anecdotes and aids in the classroom, from these ‘everyday’ conversations.
GAConf22 Coffee & Geography Special!
A few days ago I attended, in person, my first Geographical Association Annual Conference since 2019. The same was true of all other geography educators, since the last two had been totally online. This conference is for geography teachers, academics, exhibitors and students. It is always a wonderful event. Now that I have a podcast, I took the opportunity of grabbing my mobile recording equipment and doing a bit of recording for you all! Enjoy the listen.