8. Progressing professional growth and development

8.1 Continue to learn and develop as teachers, acknowledging that the greater the teacher learning, the more students learn as well.

Focus questions:
  • How do you sustain and renew your enthusiasm for teaching geography?
Further questions:
  • How do you continue to develop as a geography teacher?
  • How do you engage in and with educational research in your professional practice? 
  • If your curriculum outcomes are not successful, what actions do you take?

Samples of practice

(a) Backdrop:
In this post lesson interview, the teacher speaks of the advantages for students of introducing web-based maps and materials in her Year 8 geography class. She also acknowledges the ways in which the students showed their enthusiasm for the introductory part of the lesson on the 2008 Myanmar cyclone (Nargis). How might this teacher continue to apply her learning to improve her students’ learning?

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Further links and resources

Description of spatial thinking:
The fourth ‘R’ of education:“A new approach is demanded with spatial literacy being recognized along with other basic abilities-that maps, pictures and spatial data need to rank with numbers, text and logic as essential ways in which humans function, both on and off the job, as they reason, interact, and generally live their lives.”Goodchild, M., (2006 Fall) The Fourth R? Rethinking GIS Education. ArcNews 28: 3 Center for Geographic Information and Analysis and Department of Geography, University of California.

Accessed at: http://www.esri.com/news/arcnews/fall06articles/the-fourth-r.html (Accessed April 2010)

ArcNews published by the Center for Geographic Information and Analysis and Department of Geography, University of California.

1. Knowing geography and geography curriculum
Accomplished geography teachers: 
2. Fostering geographical inquiry and fieldwork
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3. Developing geographical thinking and communication
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4. Understanding students and their communities
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5. Establishing a safe, supportive and intellectually challenging learning environment

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6. Understanding geography teaching – pedagogical practices
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7. Planning, assessing and reporting

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8. Progressing professional growth and development

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9. Learning and working collegially

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