At the Global Geography Network Teacher Meet, held at DECSY on Tuesday 12th December 2013, John Waller of Dobcroft School Sheffield gave a 10 minute talk about his classroom…
A geographical understanding of the world (places and spaces and people’s relationship with them) supports a greater understanding of global issues / key concepts (interdependence, human rights, values & perceptions, global citizenship, social justice, diversity, sustainability, conflict resolution).
- The Danger of a Single Story: teachers need to be aware of the limitations of their own perspective on issues, places and people; to broaden and deepen their own and pupils’ understanding and challenge assumptions, prejudice and discrimination.
- The Global in the Local: recognise the global context of our local lives.
- Recognise the interconnectedness of people, places and spaces locally and globally
- Here as well as there: we need to ask the same questions in our own locality / country as in other localities across the world. Understanding their own locality helps children to understand distant ones (e.g. look at local forests when studying rainforests).
Some principles drawn from Year 2 of the project
A series of 3 twilights for primary school teachers, based on the highly successful teacher group project with the Geography Association.
Session 1: Introduction: The Danger of a Single Story
Choose one from the following dates:
16th January 2013: Jump Primary, Barnsley
17th January 2013: Watercliffe Meadow Primary, Sheffield
24th January 2013: Dobcroft Infant, Sheffield
Session 2: Case studies from local schools and planning
29th January 2013: DECSY, Scotia Works, Leadmill Rd, Sheffield, S1 4SE (with
access to DECSY’s resource centre and advice from project teachers)
Session 3: Global Citizenship: children taking action
26th February 2013: DECSY, Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE
These sessions (all 4.30pm – 6pm) will be facilitated by Helen Griffin & Wendy
North with support from the project teachers, who have all implemented
geography with a global dimension with their pupils this year.
- Wednesday 16 January 2013 (16:30)