How do you know what you don’t know?

By Richard Allaway

How do you know what you don’t know? is about spreading some of the things that I am finding useful and sharing it in an easily accessible and digestible way. The first item will be for all geographers based on bigger ideas and everyday geographies. The idea behind the second item is somethin... Read more

How do you know what you don’t know? is about spreading some of the things that I am finding useful and sharing it in an easily accessible and digestible way.

The first item will be for all geographers based on bigger ideas and everyday geographies. The idea behind the second item is something that is more focused on the needs of IB DP geographers, educators and students. The item will be linked to the syllabus but other geography educators and students may find it useful too. The third section is a quick update on something I am working on. New content added to, or refreshed on geographyalltheway, something I have recently written, or am involved in. The fourth and final item will be a bit more random. It will be a recommendation. Probably a bit techie, an app, an online service, or similar.

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#29・

How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #29

There are four weeks left in school until the Winter Break and all that brings. Quite a lot to get done between now and then - but at least there are Christmas markets and Vin Chaud to enjoy!

 
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How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #28

A busy (when aren't they...) week that included (starting) to feedback on first drafts of DP Internal Assessments. I have just started Food and health with my Y13 Standard Level class - their final unit. The HL class should be starting there final unit, Extre…

 
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How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #27

I have decided that I am going to add one of my photos, each week. I have plenty to share as I haven't been using Instagram much recently. I find myself scrolling through it mindlessly. So I will included one photo that I have taken each week - that probably …

 
#26・

How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #26

Apologies for the break of a couple of weeks due to work commitments and travel. I have not long returned from a fantastic field trip experience with a group of DP Geography students, to Morocco, with Discover Ltd. I am working on a page of resources that lin…

 
#25・

How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #25

A bit of a crazy one last week.

 
#24・

How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #24

Apologies for there being no newsletter last week. Last week got rather busy and I had promised myself that I will just skip a week rather than get too stressed about it all - so I did!It feels like autumn is very much on its way here in Geneva. Maximum tempe…

 
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How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #23

A busy week, this week! Internal assessment data collection day with my DP 2 students means a day on the River l'Asse (a great name for an at best average river!), a couple of nights supporting the DP 1 residential in the Chamonix Valley, and some 'normal' da…

 
#22・

How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #22

The first week of students being back in school has been hectic but the dust is settling.I spent the weekend leading a Category 1 DP Geography workshop, online, with participants from Brazil, Europe and China. As I was leading a workshop you can get free acce…

 
#21・

How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #21

A new section for the new academic year. A brief bit about what's going on to give everything a little more context.My students returned to school on Monday but I have been in and around school for the last couple of weeks doing prep and ICT type stuff. Here'…

 
#20・

How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #20

A lovely article to leave you with for the summer! Enjoy.

 
#19・

How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #19

There is so much geography in this fantastic, visually engaging article. Enjoy.

 
#18・

How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #18

To keep on top of developing news stories that may be useful to the teaching of geography I follow a lot of blogs. I use a service called Feedly to do so - using Reeder on my Mac, iPhone and iPad to read them.Here are a couple of articles that I came across t…

 
#17・

How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #17

While listening to Lee Howell of the Villars Institute (more about this in the future, hopefully), at the recent Swiss IB Geography Network meeting, we were introduced to EarthTime.Users of EarthTime can view compelling animations accompanied by fact-based na…

 
#16・

How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #16

Are you teaching pro-natalist population policies? Have you used the Japanese 'hunky dads' government programme as an example/case study yet?I recently came across the article linked to above, from BBC Future. The article, teamed with a visit to the official …

 
#15・

How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #15

Population Explorer is a new interactive map for visualising and exploring global population density. Using the tool you can explore where people live around the world and access basic demographic data (such as gender and age) for defined areas. [Google Maps …

 
#14・

How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #14

Super useful, downloadable (and printable) PDFs with up to date demographic data. I also like how PRB separates countries into the UN Statistic Division Geographic Regions - which I mentioned in Issue #13.I recently updated 1.2.1 Population change to make use…

 
#13・

How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #13

The TeachMeet at the 2022 Geographical Association Conference will be live streamed (for free) here on geographyalltheway.com, starting at 18h00 UK time.

 
#12・

How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #12

Geographical because it generates maps, fantasy maps, but still maps. Open the site to generate a map, press Enter and it will generate another. By pressing T it allows you to choose the tags that will define some of the characteristics that you would like to…

 
#11・

How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #11

Recently released and useful for older students. I really applaud the Financial Times' efforts to offer students contemporary resources that challenge misconceptions and promote discussion.Check out this special report and get your school signed up for free a…

 
#10・

How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #10

A site that maybe worth bookmarking. Paste in a block of text and press 'submit'. All the questions in that block of text will be returned to you. Does an article that you are about to share with your students pose any questions? Are there more questions in a…